LONDON (Reuters) - Strong bank stocks helped boost European markets on Friday after a tumultuous week as investors drew encouragement from forecast-beating results and a rally on Wall Street overnight.
The pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> index climbed 0.2 percent in early trading, recovering from its worst day in three weeks as stocks worldwide sold off on fears of higher U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports.
Financials were the top driver of index gains after France's Credit Agricole
Credit Agricole reported second-quarter profits ahead of estimates, sending its shares up 2.1 percent, while peer Natixis
Shares in RBS climbed 2.9 percent after the recovering state-owned bank announced its first dividend in a decade.
London-listed South African packaging group Mondi
Among fallers, shares in bookmaker William Hill
(Reporting by Helen Reid, Editing by Kit Rees)