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Top 20 European banks by market cap, Q1

The market value of the outstanding shares of the majority of Europe's largest banks increased in the first quarter of the year, with Lloyds Banking Group PLC posting the sharpest increase, according to data compiled by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

For the period to March 29 from Dec. 31, 2018, the U.K.-based lender's market capitalization rose 21.5%, keeping its fifth spot among the banks in the sample, while French banking group Société Générale SA recorded the steepest decline in market cap of 7.4%, falling two notches to 19th.

HSBC Holdings PLC retained its top spot in the list despite its market cap falling 3.4% to €144.93 billion over the period. Banco Santander SA, PAO Sberbank of Russia and BNP Paribas SA also maintained their second, third and fourth places, respectively, with respective increases of 4.3%, 14.9% and 7.9%.

Meanwhile, Dutch banking group ABN Amro Group NV made its way into the top 20, ousting Sweden's Swedbank AB (publ) from the list.

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