January 29, 2019 / 5:04 AM / in a year

METALS-Aluminium prices rise; eyes on stocks after Rusal sanctions lifted

 (Adds Shanghai closing prices, updates London prices)
    BEIJING, Jan 29 (Reuters) - London aluminium prices rose on
Tuesday, rebounding from a 2.8 percent plunge in the previous
session, with investors turning their focus to inventories,
U.S.-China trade talks and a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting
beginning later in the day.
    Monday's drop came after the United States lifted sanctions
on Russian producer Rusal, while the London Metal
Exchange (LME) said it would resume accepting all Rusal metal
into its warehouses.
     "The already amply-supplied market should now be even
better supplied," Commerzbank said in a note. "We therefore see
little scope for rising aluminium prices, especially given that
there are also risks with respect to demand."
    More metal will likely be available in the near future
because Rusal has been transporting volumes from its Siberian
smelters to Russian ports so it could be shipped quickly once
sanctions were lifted, the bank said.
    * LME ALUMINIUM: Three-month LME aluminium had
climbed 0.4 percent to $1,874 a tonne by 0705 GMT. The
most-traded March aluminium contract on the Shanghai Futures
Exchange (ShFE) closed down 1 percent at 13,410 yuan
($1,989.35) after hitting a one-week low of 13,385 yuan. 
    * RUSAL: Aluminium users around the world will pay less for
their material but U.S. tariffs on imports of the metal mean
limited gains for the consumers in the United States.

    * STOCKS: Inventories of aluminium stand at 1.3 million
tonnes in LME-approved warehouses MAL-STOCKS, near their
lowest since May 2018. The lifting of a ban on placing certain
Rusal metal on warrant "has stoked fears that a flood of Russian
material will hit the warehouses," ANZ wrote in a note.
    * OPEN INTEREST: Market open interest in Shanghai aluminium
hit 759,768 lots on Monday, the highest since Nov. 5, as short
positions increased.
    * U.S.-CHINA: The United States on Monday announced criminal
charges against China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, escalating a
fight with the world's biggest telecommunications equipment
maker days before trade talks between Washington and Beijing.
China expressed serious concern over the charges.
    * OTHER METALS: London copper prices edged up 0.3
percent to $6,017 a tonne, while ShFE copper ended down
0.1 percent at 47,580 yuan. Zinc was the worst performer
on the LME, falling 0.6 percent to $2,665 a tonne despite 17
straight daily drops in LME zinc stocks.
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    * Asian shares stumbled and the dollar hovered near two-week
lows as prospects for a Sino-U.S. trade deal dimmed on the
Huawei criminal charges.    
 BASE METALS PRICES                       0710 GMT
 Three month LME copper                     6017.5
 Most active ShFE copper                     47570
 Three month LME aluminium                  1873.5
 Most active ShFE aluminium                  13410
 Three month LME zinc                         2665
 Most active ShFE zinc                       21685
 Three month LME lead                       2082.5
 Most active ShFE lead                       17630
 Three month LME nickel                      11900
 Most active ShFE nickel                     95170
 Three month LME tin                         20660
 Most active ShFE tin                       147630
 BASE METALS ARBITRAGE                            
 LME/SHFE COPPER              LMESHFCUc3    519.31
 LME/SHFE ALUMINIUM           LMESHFALc3  -1202.68
 LME/SHFE ZINC                LMESHFZNc3    295.23
 LME/SHFE LEAD                LMESHFPBc3    758.64
 LME/SHFE NICKEL              LMESHFNIc3    1418.9

($1 = 6.7409 Chinese yuan)

 (Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Christian Schmollinger and
Shreejay Sinha)
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