Merger talk boosts banks but European shares end lower
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* Pan-European index ends down 0.4 pct
* Bank index makes biggest monthly gain since Feb 2015
* Deutsche Bank boss calls for mergers
* Weaker commodity prices hit miners, oil stocks
By Danilo Masoni
MILAN, Aug 31 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower on Wednesday, weighed down by losses among miners and energy stocks, but banks extended recent gains amid talk of possible tie-ups in the battered sector.
Deutsche Bank chief John Cryan made a rare public call for more cross-border sector consolidation in Europe on Wednesday following a report that the German bank had considered a merger with rival Commerzbank.
Europe's STOXX bank index has been the worst sectoral performer so far this year due to concerns over margin pressure and possible capital shortfalls in a low-growth low-rate environment. Continuación...