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METALS-Base metals rise as solid economic data lend support

Nov 3 (Reuters) - Prices of industrial metals were largely higher on Tuesday, as robust factory data from the world’s biggest economies boosted confidence about the demand outlook.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.7% to $6,809.50 a tonne by 0255 GMT, zinc advanced 0.4% to $2,550 a tonne and nickel increased 0.6% to $15,250 a tonne, while aluminium dipped 0.1% to $1,864 a tonne.

The most-traded December copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 1.3% to 51,690 yuan ($7,727.38) a tonne, while aluminium advanced 0.6% to 14,745 yuan a tonne.

U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated more than expected in October, with new orders jumping to their highest level in nearly 17 years, while Chinese factory activity expanded the fastest in a decade and euro zone manufacturing also boomed, data showed on Monday.

However, trading volume was low as investors were cautious ahead of the U.S. Presidential election later on Tuesday.


* Chile’s Candelaria copper mine, owned by Canada’s Lundin Mining Corp, said on Monday it had submitted a new contract offer to a striking union in a bid to end a nearly month-long walk-off at the deposit.

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* Asian shares looked set to climb as investors shrugged off U.S. election jitters and took hope in strong factory output data in China, Europe and the United States.


0330 Australia RBA Cash Rate Nov

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Three month LME copper

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Three month LME aluminium

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Three month LME zinc

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Three month LME lead

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Three month LME nickel

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Three month LME tin

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ARBS ($1 = 6.6892 yuan) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)