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MELBOURNE, March 17 London copper steadied on
Friday but was set to mark its biggest weekly advance since
mid-February, supported by a softer dollar and ongoing mine
* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange
was flat at $5,906 a tonne by 0123 GMT, after a 0.7 percent gain
from the previous session. Prices on Thursday reached $5,948.50,
the loftiest since March 6.
* Shanghai Futures Exchange copper edged down 0.1
percent to 47,920 yuan ($6,950) a tonne.
* LME zinc was the biggest gainer, targeting a 5
percent rally in prices this week. Price have been supported by
a widening shortfall in metal after several large mines closed
in recent years.
* U.S. homebuilding jumped in February as unseasonably warm
weather boosted the construction of single-family houses to near
a 9-1/2-year high, suggesting the economy remained on solid
ground despite an apparent slowdown in the first quarter.
* President Donald Trump's first budget outline, calling for
a security-heavy realignment of federal spending, drew
resistance on Thursday from his fellow Republicans in the U.S.
Congress as many balked at proposed deep cuts to diplomatic and
foreign aid programmes.
* China's non-financial outbound investment fell 52.8
percent for the year through February compared to the same
period last year, as Chinese companies continued to pull back
from investing abroad amid a crackdown by regulators on
cross-border capital outflows.
* The striking union at Escondida mine in Chile, the world's
biggest copper mine, said on Thursday it would return to the
negotiating table if the company gave a written guarantee that
it would only discuss the union's three key demands.
* Striking workers at BHP Billiton's
Escondida copper mine in Chile, the world's largest, are
blocking attempts by the company to renew operations at a key
port nearby, BHP and an umbrella union said on Thursday, as the
stoppage enters its sixth week.
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* The dollar sank to a five-week low on Thursday while U.S.
bond yields rose as investors digested the recent U.S. interest
rate increase and indications there would be no pick-up in the
pace of monetary tightening
1000 Euro zone Eurostat trade Jan
1315 U.S. Industrial production Feb
1400 U.S. Leading index Feb
1400 U.S. Univ of Michigan sentiment index Mar
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Three month LME copper
Most active ShFE copper
Three month LME aluminium
Most active ShFE aluminium
Three month LME zinc
Most active ShFE zinc
Three month LME lead
Most active ShFE lead
Three month LME nickel
Most active ShFE nickel
Three month LME tin
Most active ShFE tin
($1 = 6.8950 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)