METALS-Copper set for second weekly decline on lean demand concerns

SINGAPORE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Copper prices ticked higher on Friday, but the market was on track for a second consecutive weekly loss on concerns over weak demand in top consumer China.


* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.2% at $5,732 a tonne, as of 0113 GMT, after closing 1.1% lower on Thursday. The market has lost more than 4% in two sets of weekly decline.

* The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures

Exchange fell 0.7% to 46,780 yuan ($6,561.01) a tonne.* The Sino-U.S. trade dispute and weakening economic growth

have hit industrial metals prices, despite deficits in some metals including copper.

* China's factory activity is expected to have contracted for a fifth straight month in September, a Reuters poll showed, adding to the country's economic woes as Beijing remains locked in an escalating trade war with the United States.

* Industrial metals are likely to take price direction from U.S.-China trade talks.

* China was willing to buy more U.S. products, China's top diplomat said, adding that trade talks would yield results if both sides "take more enthusiastic measures" to show goodwill and reduce "pessimistic language" in their trade dispute.

* The United States and China are preparing for another round of high-level trade talks in early October in Washington to try to find a way out of their nearly 15-month trade war.

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* Asian shares were on course for a second straight weekly loss on Friday as the release of a whistleblower complaint against U.S. President Donald Trump heightened uncertainties about the global economy, already reeling from the Sino-U.S. trade war.


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($1 = 7.1300 yuan)

(Reporting by Naveen Thukral, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)