METALS-LME copper rebounds on China policy, Sino-U.S. trade truce

SINGAPORE, Jan 6 (Reuters) - London copper prices bounced back on Monday as policy easing by China the world's biggest consumer of industrial metals - and the soon-to-be signed trade deal between Washington and Beijing boosted prospects of higher demand for the ductile metal.


* Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.5% at $6,157 a tonne by 0148 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange lost 0.3% to 48,920 yuan ($7,017.95) a tonne.

* A Chinese trade delegation is planning to travel to Washington on Jan. 13 for the signing of the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing a source briefed on the matter.

* China will keep its inflation target unchanged this year at about 3%, sources told Reuters, suggesting policymakers will roll out more economic support measures while avoiding aggressive stimulus.

* China will keep monetary policy prudent, flexible and appropriate, and continue to deepen financial reforms, the central bank said on Sunday, reiterating previous policy statements.

* The People's Bank of China last week reduced the amount of cash that all banks must hold as reserves, releasing around 800 billion yuan ($114.84 billion) in funds to shore up the slowing economy. It was the eighth cut in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) since early 2018.

* Copper and most other industrial metals fell on Friday as the killing of a top Iranian commander by the United States sent shockwaves through markets, pushing oil prices sharply higher.

* The U.S. manufacturing sector contracted in December by the most in more than a decade with order volumes crashing to a nearly 11-year low and factory employment falling for a fifth straight month, according to an industry report released on Friday.

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* Asian share markets ran into turbulence on Monday as a flare-up of tensions in the Middle East sent gold to its highest in almost seven years while oil flirted with four-month peaks.


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($1 = 6.9707 yuan) (Reporting by Naveen Thukral, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)