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Copper Rises First Time in Four Days on U.S. Budget Talks

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Copper gained for the first time in four days as industrial metals advanced on signs that U.S. lawmakers will reach an agreement on the budget.

Metal for delivery in three months rose as much as 0.3 percent to $8,090 a metric ton on the London Metal Exchange, before trading at $8,079 by 1:41 p.m. Shanghai time. The contract has gained 6.3 percent this year. The March contract on the Comex in New York rose 0.4 percent to $3.681 a pound.

Asian stocks rose to a nine-month high and oil climbed on signs of progress in U.S. budget talks. President Barack Obama proposed a budget plan that would cut about $1.2 trillion in federal spending and raise a similar amount in taxes, according to a person familiar with the talks.

“The news fueled optimism that the fiscal problems can be properly addressed,” Zhang Tianfeng, an analyst at Dongxing Futures Co., said by phone from Shanghai. “In China, we noticed the property market is recovering, and this is good news for demand next year.”

China’s new-home prices climbed in 53 of the 70 cities in November from the previous month, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed today. That was the most in 18 months, and compared with 35 in October.

Copper for March delivery on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell 0.3 percent to 57,980 yuan ($9,305) a ton. On the LME, aluminum, zinc, lead, nickel and tin advanced.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Helen Sun in Shanghai at hsun30@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net

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