European stocks came off their session lows in afternoon trade Friday to trade 0.1 percent higher.
Shares of Deutsche Bank hit a new record low on Friday before recovering some of their gains in afternoon trading.
U.S. stock-index futures rose early on Friday, as Deutsche Bank concerns pressured global banking stocks and Wall Street awaited U.S. inflation data.
In the heart of Berlin, few people if any seemed to have noticed the international concerns about the parlous state of Deutsche Bank.
Germany's second largest bank by assets, Commerzbank, announced a comprehensive overhaul of its structure following what it called "current market rumors."
The European Central Bank President insisted that the bank's low interest rate policies were not responsible for the problems at Deutsche Bank.
European stocks closed lower on Tuesday as weak sentiment towards the banking sector saw Deutsche Bank shares hit a fresh record low.
European stocks closed lower Friday, clocking their worst percentage drop since the middle of June.
Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest lender, will announce plans to split up its Mittelstandsbank at the end of the month, sources tell CNBC.
European stocks closed sharply lower on Friday after Wall Street stock indexes dropped and data showed Germany's exports fell in July.
Gustav Sandstrom, senior reporter at Dealreporter, discusses the news that Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank held merger discussions.
American banks could be the real beneficiaries of major European institutions paring down.
The head of Deutsche Bank made a public call for cross-border mergers in Europe, weeks after Germany's flagship lender scraped through stress tests.
European stocks were mixed in afternoon trade Wednesday as investors reacted to a jobs report in the U.S. and a slew of data from the euro zone.
Europe needs to see more banking mergers for the sector to be in position to become more profitable, Deutsche Bank Chief Executive John Cryan said.
Financial stocks were top performers for a third day Tuesday, as traders continue to bid up the group on expectations the Fed will raise interest rates this year.
Nearly 500 million people are living in countries with negative interest rates, which could fuel a return to a “cash-only” society, says S&P Global.
European markets finished deep in negative territory on Tuesday, as concerns over the health of the region's lenders continued to weigh on sentiment.
Commerzbank said cautious customers and the ECB's negative interest rates would cause earnings to drop in 2016.