Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on December 20

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ZURICH/BERLIN, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI (.SSMI) was seen opening 1.4% lower at 12,537 points on Monday, according to premarket indications from bank Julius Baer .

Here are some of the main factors that may affect Swiss stocks:

NOVARTIS (NOVN.S)

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The Swiss drugmaker said its ligelizumab antibody treatment against chronic hives did not meet the goal of superiority to standard treatment Xolair (omalizumab) in a late-stage study.

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CREDIT SUISSE (CSGN.S)

Prosecutors in the Swiss canton of St Gallen say they are reviewing a breach of quarantine rules by Credit Suisse Chairman Antonio Horta-Osorio, an offence that could see him fined up to 5000 Swiss francs ($5,420.64).

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COMPANY STATEMENTS

* Vifor Pharma Group (VIFN.S) and its partner American Regent, Inc. announced they have reached settlement agreements with Mylan Laboratories Ltd., and Sandoz, Inc., granting them licenses to market generic ferric carboxymaltose products in the United States beginning from July 2026. VIFN.S

* Implenia (IMPN.S) said it won a contract to build a tunnel under the River Elbe for Hamburg’s new district heating network, a project worth around 75 million Swiss francs. IMPN.S

* Swiss Steel Holding AG (STLN.S) announced the appointment of three additional members to the Executive Board effective Jan 1. STLN.S

* ObsEva SA (OBSN.S) announced it had been selected for addition to the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index, effective as of market open on Dec 20. OBSN.S

* Landis+Gyr Group AG (LANDI.S) said it entered into an agreement to sell its ownership in Intellihub Operations Pty Ltd for over AUD 310 million ($220.29 million) in total. LANDI.S

ANALYSTS' VIEWS

AUTONEUM HOLDING AG AUTON.S: CREDIT SUISSE CUTS TARGET PRICE TO CHF 222 FROM CHF 238

ECONOMY

SNB data on Swiss sight deposits due at 0900 GMT.

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