UPDATE 2-European shares dip after Fed outlook; SAP weighs

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UPDATE 2-European shares dip after Fed outlook; SAP weighs
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* Mining stocks drop as copper prices hit 2-mnth lows

* SAP weighs, down 1.3 percent

* Bayer, Volkswagen temper losses (Updates to close)

May 2 (Reuters) - European shares had their worst session in more than six weeks on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve dampened rate cut bets, while gains by Volkswagen and Bayer helped cap losses.

The pan-European STOXX 600 index .STOXX fell 0.7 percent with most major country indices well in the red on returning from the May Day holiday.

Germany's DAX .GDAXI , which outperformed through most of the day, closed flat as software firm SAP weighed. Madrid's IBEX .IBEX fell 1.6 percent. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell disappointed the doves on Wednesday, signaling little appetite to adjust interest rates anytime soon. MKTS/GLOB

"That was interpreted as somewhat more hawkish than expected given that the market has been pricing in a reduction perhaps as early as this year," said Ken Odeluga analyst at City Index.

"Investors see the need to recalibrate their expectations because the chair said there was no greater bias for a cut or a raise in the near term."

SAP SAPG.DE fell 1.3 percent and weighed the most on STOXX 600. Security researchers said up to 50,000 companies running SAP software are at greater risk of being hacked. basic resources .SXPP sector dropped 1.6 percent after copper prices fell to their lowest in more than two months. MET/L

Andritz ANDR.VI was among the biggest decliners on STOXX 600 after the Austrian engineer cut its full-year profit forecast, partly in response to weak car industry demand that hit its metals business. stocks slipped on online-only fashion retailer Zalando's ZALG.DE 3.3 percent fall after it announced plans to charge delivery fees for small orders in more markets.

Helping temper those losses, German drugmaker Bayer BAYGn.DE was the biggest boost to the pan-region index after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Bayer's Roundup weed killer, is not a carcinogen. contradicts decisions by U.S. juries that found it caused cancer in people and led to thousands of lawsuits against Bayer.

Carmaker Volkswagen VOWG_p.DE jumped 3.7 percent as shrugged off a 1 billion euro legal charge and met first-quarter operating profit forecasts. other auto stocks such as planemaker Airbus AIR.PA and its supplier Safran SAF.PA slipped. Euro zone factory activity contracted for a third month in April, data showed, hurt by weak global demand. in Swiss toilet and plumbing supplies maker Geberit GEBN.S vaulted to the top of STOXX after first-quarter earnings beat expectations.

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