Banks lead rally in European shares as polls show Brexit camp losing ground

lunes 20 de junio de 2016 04:23 GYT

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* FTSEurofirst 300 and STOXX 600 up nearly 3 percent

* European stocks back at levels seen in early June

* Banking stocks among top performers

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, June 20 (Reuters) - European shares rallied on Monday, led by heavyweight banking stocks, as weekend opinion polls boosted expectations that Britain would vote to stay in the European Union.

The pan-European STOXX 600 and FTSEurofirst 300 indexes both rose 2.8 percent, and the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index rose 2.7 percent to 2,928 points. All three are down about 10 percent this year.

The STOXX 600 was poised for its biggest one-day percentage gain since mid-February, and the index moved back towards a level last seen earlier in June.

Britain is due to vote on its European Union membership on June 23. Opinion polls have been split, although bookmakers have given a greater probability towards Britain opting to stay in the EU, rather than leave in a "Brexit" scenario.   Continuación...