European shares supported by gains in mining and oil companies

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By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Alistair Smout

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) - European stocks steadied on Monday, helped by gains in major mining and oil company shares, following Friday prompted by Friday's weak U.S. jobs data.

The pan-European STOXX 600 and FTSEurofirst 300 equity indexes were both flat, having fallen around 1 percent on Friday.

The U.S jobs data hit the dollar, but this in turn gave a lift to the commodity sector, since a weaker greenback makes commodities priced in that currency more affordable for consumers paying with other currencies.

Mining stocks such as Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton rose more than 5 percent as the price of copper climbed to its highest level in around four weeks.

"The mining sector is bouncing up on the back of the weaker dollar," Hantec Markets' analyst Richard Perry said.   Continuación...