May 16, 2008 / 4:34 AM / 12 years ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on May 16

ZURICH, May 16 (Reuters) - The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Friday:

NOVARTIS NOVN.VX

* Nearly two-thirds of kidney cancer patients taking Novartis’s RAD001 had progression of their disease delayed by a year, researchers said.

* Novartis’s Zometa drug used to prevent fractures in breast cancer patients whose tumours have spread may actually help slow the cancer itself, U.S. researchers reported.

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ROCHE ROG.VX

* Genentech DNA.N, which is majority owned by Roche, said a trial of Avastin in colon cancer patients who have undergone surgery will be completed earlier than expected due to faster collection of data and a higher-than-planned number of patients with stage III cancer.

* Results from a mid-stage trial showed treatment with Avastin improved survival for patients with recurring brain cancer, Genentech said on Thursday.

* A combination of targeted cancer drugs — GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK.L) Tykerb and Genentech’s DNA.N Herceptin — works better than Tykerb alone in women with advanced breast cancer, according to new research.

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BALOISE BALN.VX

Baloise said its business volume grew 6.7 percent in the first quarter, with a lower overall incidence if claims than in the year-ago period.

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COMPANY STATEMENTS [CNR-CH]

* Baloise BALN.VX begins 2008 with strong growth [BALN.VX-CNR]

* Arpida ARPN.S announces FDA acceptance of the iclaprim new drug application [ARPN.S-CNR]

* Novartis NOVN.VX Strength and innovation of oncology products and pipeline [NOVN.VX-CNR]

* Esmertec ESMN.S shareholders approve all proposals [ESMN.S-CNR]

EQUITY RESEARCH [CH-RCH]

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