MELBOURNE, Sept 7 (Reuters) - London copper edged back towards three-year highs on Thursday as the dollar lost ground against the euro ahead of a European Monetary policy meeting later, while a brighter outlook for global manufacturing growth underpinned prices.
* LME COPPER: London Metal Exchange copper edged up 0.3 percent to $6,924 a tonne by 0142 GMT, having closed flat in the previous session. Prices on Tuesday hit the highest since September 2014 at $6,970 a tonne amid a global expansion in manufacturing activity.
* SHFE COPPER: Shanghai Futures Exchange copper traded little changed at 53,150 yuan ($8,146) a tonne.
* DOLLAR: The euro held firm on Thursday ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting, while the Canadian dollar hovered at two-year highs after the Bank of Canada surprised many by raising interest rates.
* US POLICY: U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer, a veteran central banker, will step down from his position in mid-October, potentially accelerating President Donald Trump's opportunity to reshape the direction of the central bank.
* SHFE NICKEL: Lower trading fees for nickel and tin traded on the Shanghai Futures Exchange come into force on Thursday, which could boost trading volumes and add to volatility in the contracts.
* STEEL: Iron ore and steel were down more than 1 percent, suggesting that input materials zinc and nickel may come under pressure.
* LME REFORM: The London Metal Exchange is due to release the findings of a major reform plan later in the session that is expected to include a reduction in trading fees for short-dated trades.
* LME UPGRADE: The LME is also set to announce an upgrade to its electronic trading system after falling volumes and user complaints about outages and poor functionality.
* US ECONOMY: U.S. services sector activity accelerated in August amid strong gains in new orders and employment, suggesting that a slowdown in job growth last month was probably temporary.
* BAUXITE: China agreed on Wednesday to loan Guinea $20 billion over almost 20 years in exchange for concessions on bauxite, an ore of aluminum which the West African country has in abundance, the mines minister said.
* Asian shares ticked up on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders agreed to raise the government debt limit until December, eliminating the risk of a government shutdown for now.
DATA/EVENT AHEAD (GMT)
* China Forex reserves Aug
0600 Germany Industrial output Jul
0645 France Current account Jul
0645 France Trade balance Jul
0900 Euro zone Revised GDP Q2
1145 European Central Bank interest rate decision
1230 ECB President Mario Draghi holds news conference
1230 U.S. Weekly jobless claims
* No exact timing
Three month LME copper
Most active ShFE copper
Three month LME aluminum
Most active ShFE aluminum
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 ($1 = 6.5250 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Richard Pullin)