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METALS-Copper rises to near 9-year high on likely demand growth, tight supply

Feb 16 (Reuters) - Copper prices advanced to their highest level in nearly nine years on Tuesday, boosted by optimism about a global economic recovery that bodes well for metal demand while supply is expected to remain tight.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange rose as much as 0.5% to $8,437 a tonne in early Asian trading hours, rising for a third straight session to its highest since May 2012.

The metal, often used as a gauge for global economic health, was up as much as 9.4% from its Feb. 2 low of $7,712 a tonne.

A weak U.S. dollar also helped boost the appeal of greenback-priced copper.

FUNDAMENTALS

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MARKETS NEWS

* Asian shares advanced on Tuesday, putting world equities on course to extend their bull run for a 12th consecutive session as optimism about the global economic recovery and expectations of low interest rates drive investments into riskier assets.

* The U.S. dollar was pinned down on Tuesday, as vaccine optimism boosted the British pound to an almost three-year high, while rising oil prices and buoyant expectations for global recovery supported commodity and trade-exposed currencies.

DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

1000 Germany Zew Economic Sentiment Feb

1000 Germany Zew Current Conditions Feb

1000 EU GDP Flash Estimate QQ, YY Q4

PRICES

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

ARBS (Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz in Manila; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)

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