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METALS-Copper holds gains amid strong dollar, China holiday

SYDNEY, Oct 6 (Reuters) - London copper held overnight gains on Friday amid holiday-thinned trading in Asia, but prices were curbed by a strong U.S. dollar.

FUNDAMENTALS

* LONDON COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was steady at $6,698 a tonne by 0100 GMT. The contract finished Thursday 2.7-percent firmer, its highest close in nearly a month.

"The stronger dollar is keeping things steady at the moment," said a trader in Perth, declining to be identified as he was not authorised to speak with media.

* SHFE RESUMES MONDAY: Trading on the Shanghai Futures Exchange resumes Monday following a week-long public holiday in China.

* U.S. DOLLAR: Putting pressure on copper and other commodities, the dollar climbed to a seven-week high versus a currency basket, making dollar-priced metals costlier for non-U.S. investors.

* ZINC REBOUND: Zinc rebounded to again trade close to 10-year highs hit this week on strong demand from China. Three-month metal was up $9.50 at $3,295.50 a tonne.

The price of the metal, used to galvanise steel, on Wednesday touched its highest since August 2007 at $3,308.75 and is up around 28 percent to far this year.

* ZINC STOCKS: Stocks of zinc dipped, indicating a shortage of supply was still a supporting factor for the metal. Zinc stocks in LME-approved warehouses are down 45 percent over the last year. <MZNSTX-TOTAL>

* CHINA ZINC IMPORTS: China's zinc imports, at 65,609 tonnes in August, are up nearly 160 percent over the same month last year.

* NICKEL: LME nickel was slightly firmer at $10,610 a tonne.

* NICKEL EXPORTS: Indonesia as of the end of September had exported 1.49 million tonnes of nickel ore, the director of minerals at the energy and mining ministry told Reuters.

* COPPER RESTART: Plans to reopen one of the world's biggest copper mines, shut by a civil war on the Pacific Island of Bougainville in 1989, have run into trouble.

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MARKETS NEWS

* Asian stocks rose on Friday after optimism over U.S. tax reforms lifted Wall Street shares to new highs, while the dollar hovered near a seven-week peak following yet another indication of solid growth for the world's largest economy.

DATA AHEAD (GMT)

0600 Germany Industrial orders Aug 0645 France Trade balance Aug 1230 U.S. Nonfarm payrolls Sep 1230 U.S. Unemployment rate Sep 1400 U.S. Wholesale sales Aug

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 James Regan; Editing by Joseph Radford)