MADRID (MarketWatch) -- European stock markets rose on Tuesday, led by banks, a sector that had led sharp losses the prior session on political worries in the euro zone. The Stoxx Europe 600 index /zigman2/quotes/210599654/delayed XX:SXXP +1.57% rose 0.4% to 252.72, with Banco Santander SA /zigman2/quotes/205677933/delayed ES:SAN -2.24% up 1% and Deutsche Bank AG /zigman2/quotes/205584254/delayed DE:DBK +2.02% /zigman2/quotes/203042512/composite DB +2.29% up 1.2%. Shares of Michelin SA /zigman2/quotes/203570581/delayed FR:ML -0.98% jumped nearly 6% after the tire maker released results late the prior day. KBC Group NV /zigman2/quotes/209494285/delayed BE:KBC +0.56% rose 4%, Acciona SA /zigman2/quotes/208100866/delayed ES:ANA +0.15% gained 3% and Stagecoach Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/206082799/delayed UK:SGC +14.21% gained 3%, all on broker upgrades. The German DAX 30 index /zigman2/quotes/210597999/delayed DX:DAX +2.24% rose 0.4% to 6,552.76, the French CAC 40 index /zigman2/quotes/210597958/delayed FR:PX1 +1.44% gained 0.3% to 3,107.64 and the FTSE 100 index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +2.90% was flat at 5,670.81.