The main European stock markets continued to deliver positive returns in the week from the 29th of April to the 3rd of May (Milan +2.2%, London +1.5%, Frankfurt +3.9%, Paris +2.7%, Madrid +3.0%). Expectations of an intervention by the ECB to lower the benchmark interest rate sustained the market (rate lowered by 25bps to 0.5% in line with expectations).
Auto & Parts stocks were up, with the European Stoxx index gaining 4.5% as the main players reported Q1 earnings. Investors reacted positively to results by the main German OEMs; car makers underlined how inventory is under control and the second half of the year should see an uptick in earnings.
Pirelli closes the week at 8.2€, up 6.8% with an average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. According to CITI, Pirelli’s exposure to emerging markets should allow the company to outperform the sector for what concerns volume growth in the first quarter of 2013. Goldman Sachs expresses a more cautious view on the sector, due to ongoing competitive pressures in mature markets.