SINGAPORE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Copper prices slipped on Thursday on fears that a highly-anticipated interim trade agreement between the United States and China could be delayed until next month.
London Metal Exchange's (LME) three-month copper fell 0.3% to $5,888.50 a tonne by 0211 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) declined 0.6% % to 47,100 yuan ($6,717.15) a tonne.
A meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping to sign a trade deal could be delayed to December, from November initially, as talks continue over terms and venue, a U.S. official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The nearly 16-month-long trade conflict has hurt global growth and the demand for base metals. Any further delay of a deal is seen as a negative sign for copper prices, which are often used as a gauge of economic health.
* CHILE COPPER: Chile's copper mines have mostly maintained production and kept operations running normally in the face of weeks of unrest in the country, though scattered incidents have hit some operations and uncertainty lingers.
* NICKEL: LME nickel advanced 0.5% to $16,325 a tonne, while ShFE nickel rose 0.7% to 131,710 yuan a tonne.
* INDONESIA BAN: Indonesian officials may decide this week whether to resume nickel ore exports after halting shipments to investigate reports of export violations, following a scheduled meeting on Thursday to review the investigation results.
CHINA NICKEL: A ban on nickel ore exports from Indonesia will sharply reduce top buyer China's output of stainless steel and its raw material nickel pig iron, analysts said.
* JAPAN: Japanese manufacturers turned the most pessimistic in 6-1/2 years in November, the Reuters Tankan poll showed, as the world's third largest economy was hit by a triple whammy of a global slowdown, natural disasters and a tax hike.
* PRICES: LME aluminium fell 0.4%, zinc dipped 0.2% and lead declined 0.7%. ShFE aluminium eased 0.3%, zinc dropped 1.4%, lead fell 0.7% while tin rose 0.5%.
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* Asian shares paused near multi-month peaks while bonds eked out a bounce as reports of delays in sealing a preliminary Sino-U.S. trade deal left investors frustrated at the lack of concrete progress.
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ARBS ($1 = 7.0119 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Aditya Soni)