With due dilligance completed and no major stumbling blocks encountered, the purchase of Ducati by Audi could be announced as soon as April 18th, the day before the Volkswagen annual shareholder meeting in Hamburg according to sources quoted by Reuters and the Wall Street Journal and Germany's Handelsblatt today. (All parties involved declined to comment)
This backs up the report on Wednesday of last week by Italy's Corriere della Sera a that an agreement between Ducati and Audi is expected to be signed next week. Corriere della Sera did not reveal it's source for the information.
UPDATE - this event is now listed on Reuters.com as a factor to watch next week that is expected to effect Italian Stocks - http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/11/idUSL6E8FA5A920120411