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The week from February 11th to 15th was mixed for major international stock markets (Milan -0.8%, London +1.0%, Frankfurt -0.8%, Paris +0.3%). The expectations for the outcome of the G20 meeting in Moscow (global currency balance the main topic on the agenda) and the not-encouraging data of fourth quarter GDP in Italy, France and Germany (all down QoQ and lower than expected) feed the uncertainty and volatility in the markets.

European Auto&Parts sector was down after previous week’s positive performance (-1.6% Stoxx Auto, +4.4% YTD). Among the major OEMs Renault and Peugeot were in countertendency after 4Q FY-2012 results above analysts’ expectations: +6.7% and +10.4%, respectively, the weekly return.

European tyre sector was also mixed. Pirelli ended at € 8.71 (-2.4%, +1.1% Continental, Michelin -6.5%). Low activity on the stock with an average daily trading volume of approximately 1.9 million shares (-30% vs. the average of the last 3 months). In the last quarter, the stock gained 6.2% in line with the performance of the Milan Stock Exchange.


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Main European stock market were down in the week from 4 to 8 February 2013 (Milan -4%; London -1.3%, Frankfurt -2.3%; Paris -3.3%, Madrid -0.7%). Political vicissitudes in Spain – calls for the resignation of the Prime Minister – and Italy in the upcoming elections of February 2013, renewed fears on peripheral Euro countries pulling down stock indexes. Data on U.S. productivity declining in 4Q (-2% QoQ vs. -1.4% expected) and the view of the President of the ECB on a still weak economic activity in the euro area (recovery only in the second part of the 2013) also weighed on sentiment.

European Auto&Parts sector performance was slightly positive (+0.8%) in the second week of the reporting season. According to Daimler, car demand in 2013 will increase by 2%/4%, with a positive trend more pronounced in the second half of the year. Sector stocks also benefited from data on auto sales in China which rose in January by 35-40% compared to last year.

Pirelli ended the week at € 8.92 (-1.5%) discounting the negative mood on the Italian equity market (worst market in Europe) with an average daily trading volume of about 2.7 million. The year-to-date performance is still one of the best in the European tyre sector (+3.1% YTD) after a 33.1%increase  in 2012.


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The week from January, 28 to February, 1st was mixed  for major European stock markets (London +1%, Frankfurt -0.3%, Paris -0.1%). After a good start (Fitch removed negative outlook on U.S. debt), data on U.S. GDP contraction in Q4 (-0.1% versus expectations of +1.1%, the worst quarter since 2Q2009) and retail sales in Germany in December (-4.7% yoy in December, lower than expected) drove the markets into negative. Sales of stocks were more pronounced on the peripheral Stock Exchanges as Milan (-2.3%) and Madrid (-5.7%) suffered from the performance of the banking sector.

Almost unchanged European Auto&Parts sector (-0.1% Stoxx Auto) waiting for the full start of the reporting season 4Q FY 2012.

Pirelli closed the week at 9.06€, -1.8%, in line with peers following profit-taking after a YTD performance of 6.6%. Average daily trading volume was about 2.6 million units. SocGen has revised the rating on Pirelli 9.9 € (9.7 €) changing the rating to Hold (from Buy) following the limited upside after the last 12 months rally (+21%). The consensus stands at 9.9 € with 46% of the coverage (25 analysts) with Buy rating.


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