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SINGAPORE, July 4 (Reuters) - Base metals on the London Metal Exchange (LME) rose on Thursday following news that the United States and China are set to hold trade talks next week.
Top U.S. and Chinese representatives are arranging to talk again next week, U.S. administration officials said on Wednesday, in a move to try to resolve a year-long trade war that has been weighing on global growth and metals demand.
Base metals' complex were also supported by hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve would cut interest rates this month after data from multiple sectors pointed to a slowing economic growth in the U.S.
The U.S. dollar eased on Thursday, making metals priced in dollar cheaper to import using other currencies.
* Three-month copper on the LME rose 0.2% to $5,929 a tonne by 0228 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange advanced 0.4% to 46,520 yuan ($6,774.63) a tonne.
* London aluminum advanced 0.3%, nickel was up 0.1%, zinc increased 0.2% and tin rose 0.4%. In Shanghai, aluminum traded 0.8% higher, while nickel rallied 1.1% and tin jumped 2.5%.
* The U.S. trade deficit jumped in May and trade tensions between the United States and China helped drive activity in the services sector to a two-year low in June, further signs that economic growth slowed sharply in the second quarter.
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* Asian stocks advanced on Thursday, tracking sharp gains on Wall Street as recent data from multiple sectors pointed to slowing economic growth in the United States, bolstering the prospect of rate cuts by the Federal Reserve.
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(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; editing by Uttaresh.V)