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Fiat, UniCredit, Bialetti, Fondiaria: Italy Equity Preview

May 15 (Bloomberg) -- The following companies may be active in Italian trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and share prices are from the previous close.

Italy’s benchmark FTSE MIB Index lost 23.4, or 0.1 percent, to 21,764.31.

Bialetti Industrie SpA (BIA IM) and Unione di Banche Italiane SCPA (UBI IM): Bialetti, a manufacture of coffee pots and other kitchen items, and the lender known as UBI Banca are among the companies due to report first-quarter earnings tomorrow. Bialetti gained 1.3 percent to 37 euro cents and UBI declined 2 percent to 5.8 euros.

Fiat SpA (F IM): Fiat SpA Chairman John Elkann said yesterday the Italian carmaker wants to open a headquarters in Asia to go along with those it already has in Europe, North America and Brazil. “We hope to do more in Asia where today we don’t have a satisfying presence,” he said at a conference outside Siena, Italy. Fiat shares fell 0.6 percent to 7.1 euros.

Fondiaria-SAI SpA (FSA IM): The insurer said yesterday that its first-quarter net loss narrowed to 24.9 million euros from 92.3 million euros a year ago, while premiums fell 15 percent to 2.99 billion euros. Stock market regulator Consob also ruled that UniCredit won’t have to make a full takeover bid for the company after entering into a shareholder agreement with Premafin Finanziaria SpA, the insurers’ controlling shareholder. Fondiaria shares fell 3.9 percent to 6 euros.

Parmalat SpA (PLT IM): Intesa Sanpaolo SpA Chief Executive Officer Corrado Passera ruled out a counterbid for Parmalat SpA, he told reporters near Siena, Italy yesterday. A financing package for Groupe Lactalis’s bid for the dairy company is “not on the table,” he said. Parmalat fell 0.2 percent to 2.63 euros.

UniCredit SpA (UCG IM): Italy’s biggest bank may provide financing for Groupe Lactalis’s bid to purchase the shares it doesn’t own in Parmalat SpA, UniCredit Chief Executive Officer Federico Ghizzoni told reporters yesterday. UniCredit shares rose 1.8 percent to 1.7 euros

Editors: Raj Rajendran, Francis Harris

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Davis in Rome at abdavis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net

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