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* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.3 pct
* ArcelorMittal lower after profit drops
* Monte Paschi higher after results
MILAN, May 6 (Reuters) - European shares fell in early trading on Friday, hit by a drop in ArcelorMittal, as investors await the U.S. April payrolls report for more clues about the interest rate outlook in the world’s largest economy.
Economists forecast Friday’s payrolls data will show U.S. employers added 202,000 workers in April following a 215,000 increase in March, with the jobless rate holding at 5.0 percent.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.4 percent by 0721 GMT, weiged down by losses among minining and energy stocks. The index is on course for its second straight week of losses.
Among top fallers, ArcelorMittal fell 2 percent after its first-quarter core profit fell by about a third, while Man Group fell 6.9 percent, hit by a downgrade by Citi to “sell”.
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Reporting by Danilo Masoni