* FTSEurofirst 300 index falls 0.3 pct
* Banks rebound, but UBS slips on tax dispute worries
* Ryanair up after raises profit forecast
LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - European equities fell in morning trading on Monday, as weaker oil stocks on concerns over Chinese demand for energy overshadowed rebounds in banking and mining shares.
By 0945 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 index was down 0.3 percent at 1,008.34 points after gaining 1 percent on Friday.
In January, the index suffered its worst monthly loss since February 2009, knocked lower by mounting worries over Greece’s debt woes and the prospect of more regulation on the banking system.
“The market is just worried about the things that have been going on over the past few weeks,” said Bernard McAlinden, market strategist at NCB Stockbrokers.
“There is apprehension about the possibility of tightening (in China) and problems of the peripheral economies in the euro zone.”
On the macro front, China’s manufacturing powered ahead in January, providing more evidence of its robust economic health to markets. [ID:nSGE61000U]
But Beijing’s moves last month to rein in rapid growth and curb inflationary pressures have sparked fears that such measures could impede a still-weak global economic recovery and curb Chinese demand for energy and commodities.
MINERS, BANKS REBOUND
Miners reversed earlier losses. Xstrata XTA.L rose 0.6 percent after it posted an 11 percent rise in annual output of coal, its most profitable product. [ID:nLDE60S10I]
But, UBS UBSN.VX fell 2.3 percent after the Swiss justice minister said the economy would suffer if the Swiss bank collapsed as a result of its unresolved U.S. tax dispute. [ID:nLDE6100DY]
Among individual stocks, Tenaris TENR.MI lost 3.6 percent. The company is expected to post a 30 percent fall in 2009 revenues to $8.2 billion and a 40 percent fall in EBITDA to $2.3 billion, Il Sole 24 Ore said in its "Letter to the Investor" column on Sunday.
Vivendi VIV.PA fell 3.2 percent after the French media and telecommunications giant was found guilty of misleading investors by a U.S. jury on Friday. [ID:nN29195757]
On the upside, Irish airline Ryanair RYA.I rose 5.7 percent as the company increased its profit forecast for the year after posting a narrower-than-expected third-quarter net loss. [ID:nDUB003166]
In macro news, U.S. December personal income and personal consumption numbers are scheduled for release at 1330 GMT, and U.S. December construction spending and January’s U.S. ISM report are both due out at 1500 GMT. (Reporting by Joanne Frearson; Editing by Hans Peters)
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