METALS-Copper eyes first monthly loss in four
SINGAPORE, Oct 31 (Reuters) - London copper fell on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve's lastest outlook was seen as less dovish than some had expected, while fragile global growth and improving supply put the metal on track for its first monthly loss in four.
* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange slipped by 0.5 percent to $7,255 a tonne by 0137 GMT, paring gains from the previous session when it climbed 1.2 percent.
* Copper prices touched a one-week top at $7,299.50 a tonne on Wednesday. Prices are on track to end October down by around 0.7 percent, the first negative monthly result since June.
* The most-traded January copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed by 0.1 percent to 51,910 yuan ($8,500) a tonne.
* ShFE zinc prices plunged by the limit 4 percent at the open to 14,560 yuan a tonne on heavy volume of 700 lots which traders said looked like an erroneous trade or forced liquidation. ShFE zinc traded last down 1 percent at 15,020 yuan.
* The Federal Reserve extended its support for a soft U.S. economy on Wednesday, sounding a bit less optimistic about growth as it announced plans to keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month.
* China's foreign trade is likely to maintain steady growth in the rest of 2013 and next year as the government's supportive measures help offset external headwinds faced by the world's second-largest economy, the Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday.
* Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish bets in U.S. gold, silver and copper futures and options in the week ended Oct. 15, a delayed report by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Wednesday.
* Barrick Gold, which is attempting to reduce its debt load, is considering a wide range of options from a strategic equity investment to further streaming deals that yield upfront cash, according to several sources familiar with the situation.
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* Asian markets suffered a glancing blow on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest policy outlook was deemed less dovish than some had wagered on, lifting both bond yields and the dollar.
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(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Richard Pullin)