By Helen Reid
LONDON (Reuters) - European shares rose on Monday after geopolitical tension had sent them to their worst weekly losses of the year.
The pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> rose 0.8 percent while euro zone stocks and blue-chips <.STOXX50E> jumped 1 percent. Tension between the United States and North Korea sent them 2.7 percent lower last week, their worst weekly loss this year.
The banking sector <.SX7P>, the worst hit last week, led gains, up 1.5 percent, with Deutsche Bank <DBKGn.DE>, Commerzbank <CBKG.DE> and Standard Chartered Bank <STAN.L> all up 2.7 to 3.4 percent.
"Financials are a high beta sector so whenever there's a market sell-off they do worse," said Caroline Simmons, deputy head of the UK investment office at UBS Wealth Management.
"You get these reversals afterwards: the pick-up in volatility is reversing and cyclicals are gaining. We're seeing a return to fundamentals, which we think are quite good."
The VSTOXX <.V2TX>, Europe's main gauge of equity investor anxiety, was down 13 percent at 16.8 euros, erasing all of Friday's spike and still near historic lows.
M&A chatter boosted Fiat Chrysler <FCHA.MI> and Danone <DANO.PA>.
Fiat Chrysler shares jumped 3.5 percent, leading autos stocks, with a trader citing an Automotive News report saying large Chinese automakers were looking to acquire the Italian company.
Danone shares gained 1.5 percent after the New York Post newspaper speculated the firm could be a bid target. A spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.
Shares in German energy group RWE <RWEG.DE> rose 1.5 percent after it said 2017 profits would be near the top end of its forecast after first-half results were boosted by better gas plant performance. RWE has led European utilities <.SX6P> this year, up 60 percent.
Broker reports caused some significant moves as well.
UDG Healthcare <UDG.L> fell 3 percent after Liberum analysts cut their target price on the stock, while travel company TUI <TUIT.L> jumped 4.3 percent after Credit Suisse upgraded it.
UK mid-cap Ladbrokes Coral <LCL.L> was among a handful of fallers, down 2.7 percent after Credit Suisse cut the stock to "underperform" from "neutral".
With 82 percent of MSCI Europe corporates’ quarterly results through, energy and basic materials stood out as the winners so far, while consumer cyclical and industrial companies have mostly missed analyst expectations, Thomson Reuters data showed.
Industrials were also a weak spot among euro zone companies, which Simmons said were on track to post more than 10 percent earnings growth this year. Many brokers had warned a stronger euro could dent performance for euro zone exporters.
"The currency has had a little bit of an impact, but I would not over-emphasize it," Simmons said.
"If the euro continued to strengthen it could be more significant, but for now there's enough growth going on to offset it," she added.
(Reporting by Helen Reid; Editing by Alison Williams and Susan Thomas)