The main European stock markets were down in the week from the 26th to the 30th of March, 2012 (Milan -3.1%, London -1.5%, Frankfurt -0.7%, Paris -1.5%, Madrid -3.3%). The decision to increase the European rescue fund to € 800 bln (partially expected) was not enough to balance the renewed worries surrounding the Eurozone sovereign debt.
Pirelli closes the week at €8.92 (+1.1%, with daily average volumes of 4.4 mln), outperforming the Auto & Parts index (-0.8%). In the week, broker Société Générale upped the valuation of the stock, setting the Price Target at €10.2 (from €8.20), while confirming the “Buy” rating. According to the analyst, FY 2011 results provided support to the positioning of Pirelli in the Premium segment and in Latin America.
The first quarter of 2012 marks a positive performance for Pirelli, with the stock up 37.1%, better than the European Auto & Parts index (27.8%) and Milan (+5.9%).