* Global equities hit record highs, dollar falls
* China's refined copper imports fell 36.2 percent in March
* LME/SHFe arb: tmsnrt.rs/2oQ5nm2
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By Maytaal Angel
LONDON, April 25 Copper hit a week high on
Tuesday as risk appetite continued to strengthen following
centrist Emmanuel Macron's victory in the first round of the
French presidential election on Sunday, though gains were capped
by worries over demand in China.
With opinion polls showing Macron as strong favourite to
beat far-right, Eurosceptic candidate Marine Le Pen in the final
run-off, investors have pretty much priced out the risk of a
Brexit-like political shock.
Also helping copper, the dollar languished near five-month
lows versus the euro, making dollar-priced copper cheaper for
"Positive sentiment is impacting copper this morning, but we
are still bearish, we don't buy into the shortage story. Also,
the Chinese economy looks like its reached a cyclical peak ...
look at the imports data published by customs," said Julius Baer
analyst Carsten Menke.
* COPPER PRICES: Three-month copper on the London Metal
Exchange ended up 0.9 percent at $5,706 a tonne, having
earlier hit its highest in a week at $5,722.
* COPPER IMPORTS: China's refined copper imports fell 36.2
percent in March versus a year ago, customs data showed. China
consumes about 40 percent of the world's copper.
* TECHNICALS: LME copper is biased to fall to
$5,592 per tonne, after its failure to break a resistance at
* COPPER SUPPLY: Freeport-McMoRan Inc, which resumed
copper concentrate exports from Indonesia on Friday, said it
will immediately begin negotiations with Jakarta on a long-term
license for Grasberg, the world's second-biggest copper mine.
* WIDER MARKETS: World stocks hit record highs amid relief
at Macron's victory and as investors turned their attention to
U.S. President Donald Trump's promise to announce "a big tax
reform and tax reduction" on Wednesday.
* ALUMINIUM DEMAND: Aluminium producer Alcoa Corp
raised its forecast for aluminium demand growth in 2017 to 4.5-5
percent, up from 4 percent projected in January. It also sees a
"modest" market surplus of 300,000-700,000 tonnes.
* ALUMINIUM SUPPLY: Riots paralysed a major bauxite mining
hub in Guinea, Africa's top producer of the aluminium-making raw
material, as residents erected barricades and burned tyres to
protest against high pollution and power cuts.
* ALUMINIUM PRICES: Aluminium closed up 0.9 percent
at $1,963 a tonne.
* OTHER METALS: Tin ended down 0.1 percent at
$19,625, lead closed up 0.4 percent at $2,170, zinc
ended up 0.1 percent at $2,605.50 while nickel
closed up 0.7 percent at $9,320, having earlier hit its lowest
since last June at $9,230.
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($1 = 6.8835 Chinese yuan)
(Additional reporting by James Regan; Editing by Keith Weir and