METALS-Copper in range as Syria dents risk appetite, growth hopes support
SINGAPORE, Sept 4 (Reuters) - London copper prices were steady on Wednesday, supported by signs the global economy is finally getting on track but hurt by receding appetite for risk as an air strike on Syria looked more likely.
* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had edged down 0.19 percent to $7,231 a tonne by 0111 GMT. It finished little changed the session before.
* Copper prices are consolidating after falling to three-week lows of $7,081.50 a tonne last week, and have been trading in a broader $7,080-$7,420 band for most of the past month.
* The most-traded December copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped 0.27 percent to 52,280 yuan ($8,500) a tonne.
* Global manufacturing activity grew at its fastest pace in over two years in August as new orders flooded in at a rate not seen since February 2011, a report showed on Tuesday.
* Stronger-than-expected data on U.S. manufacturing and construction spending on Tuesday hinted the world's biggest economy was gaining traction, potentially supporting views the Federal Reserve will soon slow its massive bond-buying programme.
* Led by firm U.S. growth, the outlook is gradually improving for advanced economies while even crisis-weary Europe is at last joining the recovery, the OECD said on Tuesday.
* Mexican miner Grupo Mexico expects to produce 820,000 tonnes of copper in 2013, down 3.5 percent from its previous estimate, the president of the company's Minera Mexico subsidiary told Reuters on Tuesday.
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* Asian stocks faltered on Wednesday, while oil and gold held on to overnight gains after President Barack Obama clinched the backing of two key figures in Congress in his drive for limited U.S. strikes on Syria.
* The dollar was on a firm footing in early Asian trading on Wednesday, with the dollar index not far from a six-week peak.
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(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Joseph Radford)