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METALS-Copper rises on supply worries in Chile

(Updates prices)

HANOI, May 27 (Reuters) - Copper prices advanced on Thursday, supported by supply threats in top producer Chile while a slower pace of earnings growth in leading consumer China’s industrial firms eased concerns of policy tightening.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.4% to $10,016 a tonne by 0710 GMT, while the most-traded July copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed up 0.1% at 71,940 yuan ($11,278.34) a tonne.

Supply worries in Chile aided prices as miner BHP Group Ltd said it would take contingency measures after a labour union at its Escondida and Spence mines called for a strike.

“Copper received additional support perhaps due to the risk of strike action at BHP’s mine in Chile,” said ING analysts in a note.

Meanwhile, earnings at China’s industrial firms grew at a slower pace in April, calming worries over policy tightening in the country, while some positive signs on Sino-U.S. relations also boosted sentiment in the Chinese equities markets.

FUNDAMENTALS

* LME aluminium rose 1% to $2,425.50 a tonne and zinc climbed 1.7% to $3,019 a tonne.

* ShFE aluminium advanced 1% to 18,480 yuan a tonne, nickel jumped 0.7% to 126,420 yuan a tonne, zinc increased 1.1% to 22,595 yuan a tonne and tin was up 1.1% at 198,850 yuan a tonne.

* An earthquake in Goma, a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo near the border with Rwanda, is delaying exports of tin ore from mineral-rich North Kivu province, sources told Reuters.

* China’s banking regulator has asked lenders to stop selling investment products linked to commodities futures to mom-and-pop buyers to curb investment losses amid volatile commodity prices, sources said.

* For the top stories in metals and other news, click or ($1 = 6.3786 yuan) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Uttaresh.V and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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