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Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Oct. 12

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ZURICH, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Swiss stocks were expected toopen slightly lower on Friday, in line with other Europeanbourses as uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis and earningsseason gloom kept a lid on risk appetite.

The Swiss blue-chip SMI

was seen falling 0.2percent, according to premarket indications from bank JuliusBaer

.

The following are some of the main factors expected toaffect Swiss stocks on Friday:

NOVARTISSwiss drugmaker Novartis

said on Friday itsmultiple sclerosis drug Gilenya showed "significant earlyeffect" in reducing brain volume loss at six months, accordingto a new analysis of two late-stage studies.

For related news, click on:COMPANY STATEMENTS* SGSacquires Australian Radiation Services Pty.Ltd, in Melbourne, Australia.* Sulzer

said order intake rose 12.3 percent in thefirst nine months of the year to 2.97 billion Swiss francs,driven by its major pump acquisition.

* Dufry

plans to issue U.S. dollar denominatedSenior Notes with a target deal size of approximately $500million.

* Carlo Gavazzi

posted first-half sales of 69million Swiss francs and said it had been adversely affected bylower demand in Spain and Italy.

* Elma Groupsaid revenue fell 7.5 percent in thefirst nine months of the year to 83.3 million Swiss francs.ECONOMY

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