The major Swiss stocks

The Swiss stock exchange is of interest to many investors because many of the stocks listed there are very popular. Therefore, if you are also interested in investing in shares on this market, we are now offering you the opportunity to find out about the most important Swiss shares available on the European markets, which you can buy or trade. On this page we will also give you some tips on how to carry out analyses of these stocks.

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The major Swiss stocks

Analysis of Nestle share price
Analysis of Novartis share price
Analysis of Credit Suisse share price
Analysis of Roche share price
Analysis of Alcon share price
Analysis of UBS share price
Analysis of ABB share price
Analysis of Swiss Re share price
Analysis of Transocean share price
Analysis of Adecco share price
Analysis of Richemont share price

Which Swiss shares can be traded in Europe?

As a European investor, you are probably wondering whether it is possible to buy Swiss shares or to trade them online. The answer to this question is, of course, positive, but you should also be aware here that not all securities available in European countries can be traded on this exchange, i.e. the SIX Swiss Exchange, which is the Zurich Stock Exchange.

In fact, the vast majority of the shares that you will be able to trade are the main Swiss shares, i.e. the shares of the companies that are included in the composition of the SMI Swiss stock market reference index. The companies that make up this index are selected on the basis of their total market capitalisation but also on the basis of their turnover, which is calculated each year in September. When the SMI is calculated, the largest companies in the SPI index, comprising companies listed on the SIX and companies whose shares are listed on the SIX, are taken into account.

Finally, it should be noted that the value of this stock market index corresponds to the division of the market capitalisation of each of its components by a set of arbitrary divisors.

 

Which Swiss shares are included in the SMI index?

As we have just seen, it is primarily the Swiss shares included in the SMI index that you will be able to trade or buy to add to your stock portfolio. This index includes the 20 most important companies in the country.
Among these 20 companies, the most important and also the world-famous ones are :

  • Nestlé in the agri-food sector
  • Novartis in the pharmacology sector
  • Roche in the pharmacology sector
  • UBS in the financial and banking products and services sector
  • Zurich Insurances in the insurance sector

Then there are other companies including :

  • ABB in the industrial sector
  • Richemont in the luxury sector
  • Lonza in the chemical sector
  • Givaudan in the chemical sector
  • Alcon in the pharmacology sector
  • Swiss Re in the insurance sector
  • Credit Suisse in the banking sector
  • Lafarge Holcim in the Industry sector
  • Geberit in the industrial sector
  • SGS in the industrial sector
  • Swisscom in the telecommunications sector
  • Swiss Life Holding in the insurance sector
  • Swatch Group in the watchmaking sector
  • Adecco in the temporary work sector

As you can see, 37.52% of the Swiss SMI index is made up of companies in the health sector, 24.03% in the consumer goods sector, 21.62% in finance, 13.63% in industry, 1.84% in raw materials and 1.35% in telecommunications. This ranking was made in January 2021, we draw your attention to the fact that this ranking, as well as the very composition of the SMI index, is likely to change over time.

 

How to effectively analyse the main Swiss shares:

The analysis of Swiss shares is done in the same way as for other shares on the stock exchange. You will therefore need to perform several types of analysis to determine whether a share is likely to rise or fall with technical analysis on the one hand and fundamental analysis on the other.

Technical analysis consists of identifying specific price movements in order to determine a trend that is accelerating or will reverse and assess the volatility and therefore the risk on a stock market value. Today, it is facilitated by stock market charts made available to investors by brokers, which, in addition to being customisable, allow the main technical indicators to be displayed live.

The other type of analysis is fundamental analysis, which in this case is the study of external factors that may influence these Swiss securities and their stock market price. These may include decisions by the Swiss National Bank, major events affecting a company or a business sector, the publication of financial results, partnership, sale or merger and acquisition transactions, the arrival of new competitors on the market or changes in the Swiss franc exchange rate on the foreign exchange market.

In any case, it is essential that one and the same analysis is not sufficient before trading on the price of a Swiss share. It is by multiplying the sources of signals that you will have the best chance of predicting the evolution of a stock on the stock market.