METALS-Copper up for fourth session on China demand, tight supply

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SINGAPORE, June 12 (Reuters) - Copper prices edged higher on Monday, rising for a fourth straight session and trading near their highest since April 10, buoyed by strong demand from China and concerns over tight supplies from Chile.

* LME COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.1 percent at $5,808 a tonne, as of 0731 GMT. In the previous session, it hit $5,832 a tonne, highest since April 10.

* SHANGHAI COPPER: The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed up 1.4 percent at 46,370 yuan a tonne.

* "Some of the world's largest copper mines faced supply disruptions earlier this year. While these disruptions have been resolved and operations returned to normal, the ongoing dissatisfaction among workers over contract conditions could see them strike again," Amy Li, an economist with National Australia Bank said in a note.

* "We forecast the market to be largely balanced or in small deficit in 2017 and 2018, with prices moving sideways given uncertainties on both the supply and demand sides."

* WEEKLY GAIN: Copper, used in power and construction, made its biggest weekly gains since mid-March last week, ending about 2.5 percent higher.

* COPPER INVENTORIES: Copper inventories in LME warehouses <MCU-STOCKS> fell 9,475 tonnes on Friday to 276,875 tonnes and were down almost 20 percent from a seven-month high in May.

* CHINA DATA: China reported stronger-than-anticipated exports and imports for May on Thursday, despite falling commodity prices, indicating the economy is holding up better than expected.

* COPPER MINES RESTART: Chilean copper company Codelco has restarted operations at mines in the northern part of the country after a rain storm caused a series of precautionary closures.


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(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Joseph Radford and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)