In the battle for headlines on Thursday, Deutsche and Commerzbank were clear champions on Thursday .... Announcing the end of merger talks.
But others heavyweights were in the ring .... Despite a plunge in investment bank earnings, Swiss giant UBS saw its shares make gains after first-quarter results beat expectations.
Britain's Barclays disappointed after reporting a 10 percent drop in quarterly profit, as its investment bank struggled with tough markets.
Swedbank profits topped forecasts - but its shares fell over 3 percent anyway as the Swedish lender admitted to previous shortcomings in dealing with money laundering.
And - back in Germany - payments service Wirecard had a message of wanting to move on with a refocussing on growth .... After securing audit approval for results delayed by allegations of fraud and false accounting - as reported by the Financial Times.
It has denied wrongdoing.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) WIRECARD CEO MARKUS BRAUN, SAYING (ABOUT SINGAPORE ACCUSATIONS): "Even if those accusations mostly concerning Singapore have not proven true at all in their legal perspective, we still have quality defects, especially in the area of accounting of a side issue in our business, in the so called software licensing business, while at the core we are rather a processing company." Commerzbank slipped as the merger talks were abandoned.
The two banks spoke of the risks of doing a deal, restructuring costs and capital demands.
Deutsche shares rose... Even though it could mean pressure for more radical changes - such as cuts to its U.S. investment bank.