METALS-Copper advances on robust U.S. job data

July 5 (Reuters) - Copper prices rose on Monday as data showing an acceleration in U.S. hiring boosted hopes of stronger demand for metals and a sustained recovery in the world’s biggest economy.

Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.5% to $9,420 a tonne by 0301 GMT, and the most-traded August copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange advanced 0.8% to 68,900 yuan ($10,657.39) a tonne.

U.S. companies hired the most workers in 10 months in June, raising wages and offering incentives to entice millions of unemployed Americans sitting at home, in a tentative sign that a labor shortage hanging over the economy was starting to ease.

Copper is often used as a gauge of global economic health.


* Global copper smelting activity slipped in June after a rebound a month earlier as Chinese plants closed for maintenance while production of nickel pig iron jumped, data from satellite surveillance of copper plants showed.

* Chilean miner Antofagasta PLC signed contracts to supply Chinese copper smelters with copper concentrate at treatment charges of around the mid-$50s per tonne in deals covering at least half of next year, sources said.

* ShFE aluminium rose 2.2% to 19,115 yuan a tonne, nickel advanced 2.1% to 137,520 yuan a tonne and tin increased 2% to 215,820 yuan a tonne.

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* Most Asian stocks gained, extending the rally that took global equities to a record high after a U.S. jobs report signalled the economic recovery remained intact but didn’t yet warrant any immediate withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus.


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$1 = 6.4650 yuan Reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel