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BEIJING, May 17 (Reuters) - Shanghai aluminum prices moved higher for a sixth consecutive session in early trade on Friday, as alumina refinery shutdowns in northern China's Shanxi province raise production costs for the metal used in everything from cans to cars. Aluminum is on course to gain 1.7% in Shanghai this week, which would mark its best week since the one ended Aug. 24, 2018.
* ALUMINIUM: The most traded July aluminum contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose as much as 0.5% to 14,420 yuan ($2,092.43) a tonne, the highest since Oct. 26, and stood at 14,370 yuan a tonne as of 0147 GMT. London aluminum was down 0.5% at $1,850.50 a tonne after hitting a two-week high in the previous session.
* ALUMINA: Alumina prices in northern China <SMM-ALM-NCHN have now exceeded 3,000 yuan a tonne and touched their highest since Dec. 10.
* CHINA: Prior to the shutdowns, China's alumina output rose 4.2% y/y to 6.28 million tonnes in April, according to data released on Thursday. The figure is the highest monthly total on records on the bureau's website since June 2017.
* HYDRO: A Brazilian federal court has lifted one of two production embargoes on Norsk Hydro's Alunorte alumina refinery, the company said on Thursday, raising hopes that full production can soon resume.
* COLUMN: Chinese outages a reminder of aluminum's dirty secret: Andy Home
* OTHER METALS: Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.3% at $6,080.50 a tonne, while the rest of the LME complex was also trading lower, except for tin.
* COPPER: Polish mining company KGHM may produce more copper than planned at its Sierra Gorda mine in Chile in 2019, while keeping capital expenditure below target, its deputy chief executive in charge of foreign assets said.
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* Asian shares were trying to end a bleak week in the black on Friday as upbeat U.S. economic news and solid company earnings offered a respite from the interminable Sino-U.S. trade saga. PRICES
BASE METALS PRICES 0147 GMTThree month LME copper 6083Most active ShFE copper 47880Three month LME aluminum 1849Most active ShFE aluminum 14370Three month LME zinc 2617.5Most active ShFE zinc 20995Three month LME lead 1833Most active ShFE lead 16185Three month LME nickel 12120Most active ShFE nickel 97900Three month LME tin 19540Most active ShFE tin 145480
BASE METALS ARBITRAGE
LME/SHFE COPPER LMESHFCUc3 1553.73LME/SHFE ALUMINIUM LMESHFALc3 -68.89LME/SHFE ZINC LMESHFZNc3 -15.18LME/SHFE LEAD LMESHFPBc3 1461.48LME/SHFE NICKEL LMESHFNIc3 3332.31
($1 6.8915 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Tom Daly; editing by Rashmi Aich)