MILAN (Reuters) - European shares steadied early on Monday, weighed down by trade-exposed sectors like autos after U.S. President Donald Trump raised the stakes in the trade dispute with Beijing.
The pan-European STOXX 600 <.STOXX> index was flat by 0709 GMT after ending on Friday just above its lowest closing level since early April. The export-oriented DAX <.GDAXI> index was down 0.1 percent and the FTSE was trading flat.
Late on Friday, Trump warned he was ready to impose tariffs on virtually all Chinese imports, threatening duties on another $267 billion of goods on top of $200 billion worth set for levies in coming days.
Autos, which rely on exports, led the declines, falling 0.5 percent. Shares in Apple suppliers like Dialog Semiconductor
(Reporting by Danilo Masoni, editing by Larry King)