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METALS-Shanghai copper hits 2-mth peak over gas shortages

(Adds Shanghai closing price, analyst comments) BEIJING, Dec 25 (Reuters) - Shanghai copper prices rose 0.7 percent on Monday to a two-month peak as smelters in China cut production amid natural gas shortages in some parts of the country. "Due to tight gas supplies in northern China, such as in Hebei and Shandong, some copper processors have been cutting output," CITIC Futures analysts said in a note in Mandarin. The impact on copper output may last into early next year, as big copper enterprises are still in talks with gas suppliers, the CITIC analysts said.

FUNDAMENTALS

* SHFE COPPER: The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed up 0.7 percent to 54,700 yuan ($8,347) a tonne on Monday. The contract hit a peak of 55,280 yuan during the session, its highest since Oct. 25.

* LME COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.7 percent to $7,136 a tonne on Friday, hitting a two-month high at $7,139 per tonne. LME is closed on Monday for the Christmas holiday.

* U.S. ECONOMY: U.S. President Donald Trump signed Republicans' massive $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law on Friday, cementing the biggest legislative victory of his first year in office, and also approved a short-term spending bill that averts a possible government shutdown.

* U.S. DOLLAR: Speculators pared net short U.S. dollar bets, pushing them to their lowest level since mid-November, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday.

* CHINA: Beijing must proactively but gradually reduce debt in the economy to prevent the buildup of financial risks, state news agency Xinhua quoted the central bank's deputy governor as saying on Saturday.

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MARKETS NEWS

* Financial markets in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Brazil, Hong Kong, South Korea, India and Australia are closed on Monday for Christmas.

DATA/EVENTS

* No major data or events are expected on Monday.

PRICES

BASE METALS PRICES 0703 GMT Three month LME copper 7136 Most active ShFE copper 54700 Three month LME aluminum 2183 Most active ShFE 14710

aluminum

Three month LME zinc 3275 Most active ShFE zinc 25295 Three month LME lead 2482.5 Most active ShFE lead 19130 Three month LME nickel 12080 Most active ShFE nickel 95050 Three month LME tin 19530 Most active ShFE tin 138200

($1 = 6.5530 Chinese yuan)

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(Reporting by Muyu Xu and Aizhu Chen; Editing by Tom Hogue)