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Geberit, Nestle, Partners Group, Sulzer: Swiss Equity Preview

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The following is a list of companies whose shares may have unusual price changes in Zurich. Stock symbols are in parentheses after company names. Share prices are from the last close.

The Swiss Market Index of the biggest and most actively traded companies climbed 1.2 percent to 6,613.75. The broader Swiss Performance Index also gained 1.2 percent, to 5,936.84.

Geberit AG (GEBN VX): Europe’s biggest maker of toilet flushing systems said full-year sales fell 1.6 percent to 2.15 billion Swiss francs ($2.2 billion). The company said it will buy back up to 5 percent of share capital in 2011 and 2012. The stock advanced 1.3 percent to 216.70 francs.

Nestle SA (NESN VX): The world’s biggest food company was cut to “reduce” from “buy” at Nomura Holdings Inc. and to “underperform” from “buy” at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. The shares lost 0.4 percent to 53.65 francs.

Partners Group Holding AG (PGHN SW): The investment manager focused on private equity increased its assets under management 24 percent to 21.4 billion euros ($28 billion) in 2010, the company said. The shares gained 2.6 percent to 174.70 francs.

Valora Holding AG (VALN SW): Switzerland’s biggest newspaper vendor confirmed its 2010 earnings guidance in a statement distributed by EANS after the close of trading yesterday. The shares dropped 0.5 percent to 323 francs.

Schaffner Holding AG (SAHN SW): The electrical components maker approved a dividend of 4.50 francs per share at its AGM yesterday. The stock fell 2.5 percent to 292.50 francs.

Schindler AG (SCHN SW): The world’s second-biggest maker of elevators will have a 30 percent stake in the merged Also Actebis Holding AG computer trader, and Droege International Group AG will own about 51 percent, Also Holding AG said today. The shares slipped 1 percent to 110.90 francs.

Sulzer AG (SUN SW): The world’s second-largest maker of pumps said its full-year order inflow rose 9 percent to 3.29 billion francs from 3.02 billion francs a year earlier. The shares were unchanged at 138.70 francs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Giles Broom in Zurich at gbroom@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Merritt at dmerritt1@bloomberg.net.

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