European shares rise early; helped by BHP
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.3 pct
* Low volumes expected due to public holiday in Europe
* FTSEurofirst set to post biggest weekly gain in 6 months
* Euro STOXX 50 halted by key resistance level
By Blaise Robinson
PARIS, Aug 15 (Reuters) - European shares rose in early trade on Friday, gaining ground for the fourth time in five sessions, helped by BHP Billion after the world's biggest miner said it could spin off assets.
Trading volumes were expected to be low on Friday due to a public holiday in a number of European countries, although most national bourses were open.
Shares in BHP rose 2.8 percent after the group confirmed its preference for a demerger of unwanted aluminium, manganese and nickel assets.
Other mining stocks rose, with Rio Tinto up 1.4 percent and Anglo American up 1.2 percent. Continuación...