The main European stock markets were down in the week from the 20th to the 24th of January 2014 (Milan -3.1%, London -2.4%, Frankfurt -3.6%, Paris -3.8%). Investors’ negative sentiment was prompted by the increasingly uncertain outlook of emerging markets. A ~500 million dollar financial instrument linked to the default of a mining company in China will leave investors with no compensation, whereas manufacturing activity in the Asian country is expected to contract in January for the first time in 6 months. In addition, emerging markets currencies are increasing volatile following the reduction in monetary stimulus by the Federal Reserve: the Turkish Lira devaluated by more than 5% over the course of the week (vs the US Dollar, more than 10% devaluation in the last month), the Russian Ruble continues to fall (-5% since the beginning of 2014), and the Argentine Peso dropped by more than 18% over the last 5 days. Within Europe, the Madrid stock exchange (-5.7%) was the most affected due to its exposure to South American economies.
Higher risk aversion in equity markets did not leave the Auto & Parts sector untouched (sector index -4.7% vs benchmark Stoxx 600 -3.3%). Fiat (-1.1% following the finalization of the buyout of 41.46% of Chrysler) and Peugeot (-2.1% thanks to Moody’s positive reaction to the 3 billion euro capital increase) were relative best performers.
Pirelli shares ended the week at 12.24€ (-3.1%) with an average trading volume of 2.1 million shares per day (-17% vs last month average). Tyre markets developed positively in December: sales of car tyres in the replacement channel grew in all main markets globally.
Consensus target price stood at 12.2€ with 83% of analysts advising to Buy or Hold the shares.