European stock 'fear gauge' hits 4-month high

PARIS, June 24 Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:37am EDT

PARIS, June 24 (Reuters) - The Euro STOXX 50 Volatility index, known as the VSTOXX, hit a four-month high early on Monday, signalling a sharp rise in risk aversion as mounting worries over China's banking sector kept investors on edge.

The VSTOXX, Europe's widely-used gauge of investor sentiment which is based on put and call options on Euro STOXX 50 stocks , rose 3.4 percent to 24.86, a level not seen since late February.

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