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Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on March 20



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ZURICH/BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) -Here are some of the main factors that may affect Swiss stocks on Wednesday:


TRAFIGURA

Lawyers for businessman Prateek Gupta, accused of fraud by Geneva-based commodity trader Trafigura, told a London court on Tuesday he has run out of funds to pay legal fees and wants to negotiate a settlement.


EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD

Ariane de Rothschild dismissed on Tuesday talk of merging Edmond de Rothschild, the Geneva-based private bank she runs, with Paris-based investment bank Rothschild & Co as "fantasy", adding that such a move would create little value.


COMPANY STATEMENTS

*Holcim HOLN.S Mexico said it has acquired two concrete plants from Grupo Comosa in Mexico's Queretaro state. HOLN.S

*Julius Baer BAER.S said it had successfully placed 460 million Swiss francs in domestic senior unsecured bonds. BAER.S

*Swiss Prime Site SPSN.S said its Annual General Meeting approved all proposals of the Board Of Directors. SPSN.S

*Sonic Healthcare SHL.AX announced the acquisition of Dr Risch Group, Switzerland. SHL.AX

*CPH Chemie Und Papier Holding AG CPHN.S said it plans to separate its paper business from chemistry and packaging activities. CPHN.S


ANALYSTS' VIEWS

VAT GROUP AG VACN.S: RBC RAISES TARGET PRICE TO CHF 340 FROM CHF 280

DOCMORRIS DOCM.S: HSBC RAISES TARGET PRICE TO CHF 115 FROM CHF 80

SWISS LIFE HOLDING AG SLHN.S: HSBC RAISES TARGET PRICE TO CHF 617 FROM CHF 615


ECONOMY

No major Swiss economic data scheduled.



Reporting by Zurich newsroom and Berlin Speed Desk

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