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METALS-Copper prices ease amid global economic uncertainties

SINGAPORE, Aug 28 (Reuters) - London copper prices edged down on Wednesday, as the lack of any clear moves to resolve the protracted U.S.-China trade conflict weighed on the demand outlook for the red metal.

China's foreign ministry reiterated on Tuesday that it had not heard of any recent telephone call between the United States and China on trade, and said it hopes Washington can stop its wrong actions and create conditions for talks.

FUNDAMENTALS

* COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange edged down 0.1% to $5,677 a tonne by 0234 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange advanced 0.5% to 46,570 yuan ($6,565.81) a tonne.

* PRICES: London zinc and lead fell 0.6% each, while other metals were almost unchanged. Shanghai aluminum rose 0.5%, nickel fell 0.5% while zinc increased 0.9% and lead rose 1%.

* CHALCO: Aluminum Corp of China Ltd,, known as Chalco, said on Tuesday its revenue rose 15.2% despite a 10% drop in the primary aluminum segment.

* NICKEL: Rapidly rising use of nickel in the batteries that power electric vehicles over coming years means higher prices are needed to incentivise the development of new projects to boost supplies of the metal.

* RARE EARTH: The U.S. Department of Defense is in talks with Australia to host a facility that would process rare earth minerals, part of an effort to reduce reliance on China, a senior American official said.

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MARKETS NEWS

* Asian shares eked out meager gains, as higher Wall Street futures provided some relief for investors after an overnight U.S. selloff, though deeper worries about the global economy are likely to keep a lid on sentiment.

DATA/EVENTS AHEAD (GMT)

0600 Germany GfK Consumer Sentiment Sept

0600 Germany Import Prices MM, YY July

0800 Italy Consumer Confidence Aug

0800 Euro Zone Money-M3 Annual growth July

PRICES

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 = 7.0928 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; editing by Richard Pullin)