Banking sector rebound lift European shares
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MILAN, June 17 (Reuters) - European shares rose in early trading on Friday, helped by a rebound in the region's beleagured banking sector, with traders attributing gains partly to the suspension of the EU referendum campaigns in the UK.
The shooting of a pro-EU British lawmaker on Thursday has caused shock across the nation prompting both sides of the Brexit camps to halt canvassing voters.
Worries that Britain, the world's fifth-largest economy, could quit the EU after June's 23 referendum have dominated markets this week and driven investors towards safe-haven assets such as gold and German bunds and away from stocks.
The pan-European STOXX 600 and FTSEurofirst 300 indexes both rose 1.3 percent by 0719 GMT, although they remained on track to end the week with a loss.
Banks rose 2.6 percent as they rebounded from heavy losses seen in the previous session when Brexit risks and new signs that interest rates would stay low for longer compounded the uncertainty already surrounding the sector.
The implied probability of a Remain vote in Britain's vote rose to 65 percent late on Thursday, according to Betfair odds.
Ericsson was among the top losers on FTSEurofirst after a Swedish daily said the telecom gear maker is being investigated by U.S. authorities over possible corruption related to its business in China. Ericsson spokesperson declined to comment on the report.