* Italian Prime Minister resignation plans knock markets
* Euro falls towards two week low, steadies at $1.29
* European shares slide 0.3 percent, Milan down 2.4 pct
* Oil, copper firm after China data
By Marc Jones
LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The euro swooped towards a
two-week low and shares and Italian bonds fell on Monday, after
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's decision to resign early
triggered fears of a fresh bout of euro zone uncertainty.
Monti announced over the weekend he would resign once the
country's budget for 2013 is approved, raising questions over
who will take the reins of the euro zone's third largest
economy, still a central focus of the bloc's debt crisis.
Top European shares on the FTSEurofirst 300 opened
down 0.3 percent with a 2.4 percent slump on Milan's Ftse Mib
and a 1 percent drop on Madrid's IBEX matched
by smaller falls in London, Paris and Frankfurt
The euro slid 0.25 percent to $1.2900 in early
trading towards a two-week low of $1.2876 plumbed on Friday.
In bond markets Italian bonds fell sharply with yields on
benchmark 10-year bonds up 24 basis points at 4.78
"If Monti's pro-euro stance is to back off, that should
raise concerns about the euro," said Junya Tanase, chief
currency strategist at JPMorgan Chase in Tokyo.
Balancing the political concerns were data from China which
showed factory output in the world's number two economy
accelerated to eight-month highs in November, and a drop in U.S.
unemployment figures on Friday.
Copper prices hit their highest in almost two months
on the data, gold firmed 0.2 percent to around $1,707 an
ounce, while oil prices snapped five straight days of losses to
remain above $107 a barrel.
"It does appear, based on the evidence of the data, that the
Chinese economy has bottomed out," said Ben Le Brun, a market
analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney.