Banking gains prod European shares higher

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Deutsche Bank and HSBC-led gains in banking stocks pushed European stock markets marginally higher on Monday, while a fall in airline shares after a profit warning from Germany's Lufthansa kept gains in check.

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June 17 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank and HSBC-led gains in banking stocks pushed European stock markets marginally higher on Monday, while a fall in airline shares after a profit warning from Germany's Lufthansa kept gains in check.

Deutsche DBKGn.DE, which has been cutting back and reorganising for months, gained 2.9% after the Financial Times reported that the German lender is planning to create a "bad bank" that would house or sell assets valued at up to 50 billion euros.

Asia-focused Standard Chartered STAN.L and HSBC HSBA.L rose about 1%, tracking a rise in Asian markets after Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam climbed down on the extradition bill at the centre of a week of protests in the Chinese satellite.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX rose 0.06% by 0712 GMT, with banking stocks .SX7P, rising <.SX7P> 0.7%.

Lufthansa LHAG.DE plunged 11.5% after the group lowered its profit outlook for the full year 2019, citing price competition from low cost rivals in Europe.

EasyJet EZJ.L and International Consolidated Airlines (IAG) ICAG.L fell 3.3% and 2.5%, respectively, and the travel and leisure sector .SXTP dropped 0.8%.

(Reporting by Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham)

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