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European stock markets were again positive in the week from 10 to 14 September 2012 (Milan +3.2%, London +2.1%, Frankfurt +2.7%, Paris +1.8%, Madrid +3.4%) supported by the positive macroeconomic newsflow.

The German Constitutional Court ratified the ESM (with a financial commitment of up to 190 €bln) and the Federal Reserve Governor, mr Bernanke, launched a third round of Quantitative Easing in order to improve employment in the United States (Mortgage Back Securities purchase without preset limits – first tranche of up to 40$bln). The Fed also reiterated its commitment to keep official interest rates near zero until mid 2015 (0.25% the current level).

Auto&Parts sector marked the best performance in Europe (+5.6% Stoxx Auto) driven by Audi and Volkswagen good car sales in August and positive newsflow on Chinese market.

Pirelli ended the week at € 9.37 with an increase of 4.6% and an average daily trading volume of about 3 million pieces. The stock has benefited from the upgrade of Societe Generale who brought the target price to 10.4 € (from 8.7€, Buy confirmed): following the broker, Pirelli fundamentals remain solid and 2012 objectives can be reached despite the difficult market environment. The consensus price target stands at 10.5 € with 75% of the coverage with Buy recommendation.

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A week that saw sharp falls in the international financial markets (Milan -3.3%, London -1.5%, Paris -2.2%, Wall Street -2.2%). Operator’s unease is due to the uncertain view of the macroeconomic outlook expressed by the Governor of the Federal Reserve (moderate improvement in the second half of 2011 but no further injection of liquidity to the market) in addition to fears for a possible rescheduling of repayment of the first tranche of Greek debt (voluntary renewal of Greek bonds at maturity with newly issued securities).
The banks reacted decisively with a 4 percentage point fall across the sector. Financial shares were also weak (-3.1%) while industrial and Auto&Parts record –1.7% and –0.6% respectively.
Pirelli closed at €6.66 (-1.6%) with lower trading volumes than the previous month’s average (mean daily volume of trades 2.5mln vs 3.5 mln).
The Societe Generale upgrade to Buy is noteworthy (TP €8 from €7.6): the share was valued 8% higher than Michelin, reflecting the excellent trend in operating performance. In the broker’s view, the positive trend in global demand, and the recovery of truck tyre production in Egypt will ensure that the 2011 guidance on volumes (>6%) will be achieved. 
The current consensus Target Price for Pirelli was €8.15, and the recommendation is primarily Buy (91% of brokers that cover the share).

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