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METALS-Nickel slips as stronger dollar triggers profit taking

(Updates throughout, moves dateline from Sydney)

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Nickel fell on Tuesday as a stronger dollar encouraged investors to take profits after prices rose almost 10 percent to two-year highs last week on growing expectations of demand from manufacturers of batteries used to power electric vehicles.

Copper, aluminium and zinc also slipped from near multi-year highs reached due to strong global growth and supply worries from a crackdown on polluting smelters in China.

"The market has outdone itself to an extent so we are seeing a price correction and profit taking," said ING analyst Warren Patterson.

Demand for nickel for batteries was unlikely to appear in the near term, he said.

"It's a 5-10 year story, not something that's hitting the market now. Inventory levels of nickel are still very comfortable. The market has got a bit ahead of itself and I would expect to see some downward correction."

NICKEL: Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange was down 1 percent at $12,795 a tonne at 1110 GMT but still close to last week's peak of $13,030, the highest since June 2015.

POSITIONING: Investors continue to bet on rising prices, with money managers' net long position in LME nickel rising to the highest since early March, <LME-NI-MNET>

SUPPLY: Indonesia's mining ministry issued export quota recommendations, typically valid for one year, of 20.4 million tonnes for nickel ore and 14.7 million tonnes for bauxite.

"This is likely to be reflected in higher exports over the next few months," said analysts at Commerzbank. "Concerns about an insufficiently supplied (nickel) market ... are being replaced by reports of higher supply."

STOCKS: Nickel inventories in LME-registered warehouses have risen gradually from a low of around 360,000 tonnes late last year to 382,356 tonnes on Tuesday, pointing to a well-supplied market. <MNISTX-TOTAL>

DOLLAR: The dollar strengthened to near its highest since July, making metals more expensive for holders of other currencies and potentially reducing demand.

GERMAN INDUSTRY: German industrial production fell in September after surging a month earlier, but output grew by 0.8 percent in the third quarter and should increase further in the months ahead.

CHINA COBALT: China is depending too much on the Democratic Republic of Congo for cobalt, a component in electric vehicle batteries, and should take steps to ensure security of supply, delegates said at an industry conference.

PRICES: LME copper was down 1 percent at $6,898 a tonne, aluminium was 0.8 percent lower at $2,154, zinc had lost 0.6 percent to $3,213, lead was down 0.8 percent at $2,490.5 and tin was 0.1 percent higher at $19,470.

(Additional reporting by James Regan; editing by John Stonestreet)