CORRECTED-Financials help European shares to hit 2-week high
(Corrects para 1 to read "two-week")
* Europe's STOXX 600 index hits 2-week high
* Banks among top gainers, miners slip
* Ackermans & Van Haaren falls after weak H1
By Kit Rees
LONDON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - European equities climbed to a two-week high on Tuesday, with financial stocks gaining ground on mounting expectations of a possible U.S. rate hike this year.
The European Banks index rose 1.8 percent, the top sectoral gainer, helped by a 2.7 to 3.8 percent rise in shares of Deutsche Bank, ABN Amro, Natixis and Credit Suisse.
Banks benefit from higher interest rates, which can boost margins. Although interest rates in Europe are likely to remain at ultra-low levels for an extended period, some European lenders have business in the United States and a U.S. rate hike could help.
Investors are eyeing Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls data for any clues about the timing of a rate hike. Continuación...