SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) - Copper tracked modestly higher on Friday with traders saying some investors were active buying on price dips, but warning at the same time that broader industry sentiment pointed to a weaker outlook.
* COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.4 percent to $5,714 a tonne, reversing losses from the previous session.
* SHANGHAI: The most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 0.2 percent to 46,330 yuan ($6,719)a tonne.
* CHINESE MANUFACTURING: The pace of expansion in China’s manufacturing sector likely slowed this month, a Reuters poll showed, as factory-gate price-growth slowed and authorities moved to tackle risks in the property market and credit growth. Data is due on Sunday, April 30.
* ANTI-MINING: Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez said on Thursday she will ban open-pit mining in the country, toughening a months-long crackdown on the sector she blames for extensive environmental damage.
* BHP SHAREHOLDERS: Two weeks after Elliott Management’s surprise assault on BHP Billiton, the fund manager’s three-point demand for change is gaining little traction with investors, prompting expectations a second Elliott move is imminent.
* SILVER: London’s silver price benchmark is plagued by big, unpredictable fluctuations that risk undermining its credibility and may complicate efforts by the London Bullion Market Association to find a new operator, according to a Reuters analysis of trading data and 10 industry sources.
* MARKET NEWS: Asian stocks inched higher on Friday and looked set to close a strong week on a positive note, while the euro slipped after the European Central Bank showed no signs of paring its stimulus programme.
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Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell