SINGAPORE, July 9 (Reuters) - Copper prices on the London Metal Exchange fell on Tuesday, on track for a third straight decline, amid a lack of news on steps to settle a prolonged trade dispute between the United States and China.
Representatives from the two countries were expected to resume talks this week, but nothing has been released about whether the talks happened or whether progress has been made in resolving the year-long dispute that has hurt demand for metals.
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange fell 0.3% to $5,873 a tonne by 0205 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange declined 0.4% to 46,230 yuan ($6,718.89) a tonne.
* London aluminium eased 0.2%, nickel dropped 0.9% and zinc rose 0.1%. Shanghai aluminium fell 0.3%, nickel advanced 1% and zinc tumbled 1%.
* Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing on Monday launched dollar-denominated and monthly cash-settled contracts - London Metal Mini Futures - for aluminium, zinc, copper, nickel, tin and lead mini, which will start trading on Aug. 5.
* Congolese soldiers fired in the air on Monday as illegal miners protested outside a metallurgical plant on a copper and cobalt concession run by Glencore, a witness said.
* China will investigate state-owned metals conglomerate China Minmetals Corp Ltd and chemical producer China National Chemical Corp Ltd in a new round of central government environmental audits, the environment ministry said.
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* Asian stocks struggled to rebound as investors came to terms with sharply reduced expectations the Federal Reserve will deliver a large interest rate cut at the end of July.
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Reporting by Mai Nguyen; editing by Richard Pullin