August 24, 2016 / 4:51 PM / 2 years ago

European shares rise, helped by banks; Glencore leads miners lower

* STOXX 600 up 0.4 pct; banks top sectoral gainer

* Glencore drags down miners after profit fall

* Forest products firm SCA soars on split plan

* WPP jumps after beating results forecast (Adds closing prices)

By Kit Rees and Danilo Masoni

LONDON/MILAN, Aug 24 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Wednesday, helped by a buoyant banking sector, while a disappointing update from British miner Glencore dragged the mining sector lower.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index closed up 0.4 percent for its third straight session of gains.

Glencore declined 3 percent after reporting a fall in underlying profit and lowering its debt target.

“At certain levels (Glencore) may look pretty attractive for entry for a buy. However ...after the rally that it’s seen, this report doesn’t really warrant a leg higher in the share price,” Jonathan Roy, advisory investment manager at Charles Hanover Investments, said.

Europe’s Basic Resources index fell 1.4 percent as copper prices hit two-month lows.

Italian lender UniCredit soared 8 percent, making it the top STOXX gainer, helped for a second day by talk it might soon sell its stake in Polish unit Pekao Bank.

Europe’s STOXX 600 Bank was the biggest sectoral gainer, up 2 percent.

South Africa-exposed stocks including Investec and Old Mutual fell after South Africa’s finance minister was summonsed by police over an investigation into a surveillance unit in the tax service, sending the rand tumbling.

Among the top gainers, Swedish forest products group SCA hit a record high, soaring 7.5 percent after announcing plans to split into two listed firms.

British advertising firm WPP rose 1.9 percent after beating first-half net sales forecasts.

“We are encouraged by the positive trading performance and operational momentum revealed in this morning’s results. We remain bullish on WPP’s ability to capitalise on a solid medium-term outlook for global advertising spend,” Roddy Davidson, analyst at Shore Capital Markets, said in a note. (Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and John Stonestreet)

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