Major international stock exchanges were mixed in the week from July 2nd to 6th of July 2012 (Milan -3.8%, London +1.6%, Frankfurt -0.1%, -0.9% Paris, Madrid -5.1%). Despite the cut in official interest rates by Central Banks of Europe and China (-25bps, Bank of China has made the second cut in a month) markets was affected by fears of a worsening in the macroeconomic environment. The President of the ECB, Draghi, during the press conference on Thursday (July 5) showed that economic growth in the euro area remains weak; the picture is worse than just a month ago since growth across the euro area is weakening, including countries that before were continuing to grow.
Negative newsflow affected Bank stocks: the reference Stoxx was down by 1 .4%. Brokers were expecting a new financing plan (LTRO3, Long term refinancing operation) but according to the President of ECB this will not be taken into account in the short term.
Auto&Parts sector was positive by 1.4%.
Pirelli ended the week virtually unchanged at € 8,265 (-0.4%) with an average daily trading volume about three million units. Pirelli stock is still among the top 4 best performer in the FTSE MIB YTD: +27.1% (+36.1 pp vs FTSE MIB).