The main European stock markets were up in the week from the 3rd to the 7th of February, 2014 (Milan +1.4%, London +0.9%, Frankfurt +0.0%, Paris +1.5%, Madrid +1.5%), characterized by high volatility and the publication of mixed macro data. US manufacturing activity in January (weighed down by weather conditions) and the Chinese service sector surprised negatively, whereas growth in the US job market sustained a positive mood. In its Thursday meeting, the ECB minimized the risks of deflation in the Euro area, whilst keeping the benchmark interest rate at a low 0.25%.
Auto & Parts stocks advanced in line with the market (sector index +1.1%), led by German Premium OEMs: the local car market grew in January (car registrations +7% yoy, car production +11% yoy) and Daimler provided a confident outlook to 2014 when reporting FY 2013 results.
Pirelli shares ended the week at 11.84€ (-1%) with an average trading volume of 2.8 million shares per day (monthly average at 3.3 million shares). Consensus Target Price is at 12.11€ with approximately 80% of analysts recommending to Buy or Hold the shares.