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METALS-Copper climbs on 'totally done' China-U.S. trade deal

(Adds Shanghai closed prices, updates London prices) BEIJING, Dec 16 (Reuters) - London copper prices rose on Monday after Washington said an initial deal to resolve the Sino-U.S. trade war was "totally done" but lingering skepticism capped gains. U.S. exports to China will almost double over the next two years, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Sunday, as the two sides look to end the long-running tussle that has weighed on prices for industrial metals.

Copper had surpassed $6,200 a tonne for the first time in seven months on Friday before ending lower. The metal "has pretty much hit its upside technical target, which was in the $6,180 area," Malcolm Freeman, director of Kingdom Futures, said in an email to clients. Investors are questioning how effective the "Phase one" trade deal will be in resolving U.S.-China friction, ANZ wrote in a note. "A lack of detail about the deal appears to be fueling the doubts," it added.

FUNDAMENTALS

* COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.6% to $6,162 a tonne by 0720 GMT, after ending down 0.4% on Friday. The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange closed up 0.1% at 49,100 yuan ($6,975.52) a tonne.

* TARIFFS: China has suspended additional tariffs on some U.S. goods that were meant to be implemented on Dec. 15, the State Council's customs tariff commission said on Sunday.

* COPPER: Chile's Codelco, the world's top copper producer, expects prices to average about $2.6 to $2.8 per pound ($5,732-$6,173 per tonnes) over the medium term, its chief executive said in an interview published on Sunday.

* SPREADS: The discount of cash LME copper over the three-month contract <CMCU0-3> stood at $24.25 a tonne on Friday, implying weak near-term demand.

* ALUMINIUM: China's aluminum production rose 0.6% in November from the previous month to 2.9 million tonnes, official data showed on Monday, as some top producers were exempted from winter output restrictions.

* OTHER METALS: The LME complex was mixed, with zinc rising 0.4% and tin adding 0.3%, whereas aluminum slipped 0.1% and nickel nudged down 0.2%. Lead was the laggard, dropping 0.8% in London and 1.4% in Shanghai.

* NICKEL: Indonesia, the world's largest nickel ore exporter, exported 2.7 million tonnes of nickel ore worth $112.05 million in November, data from the country's statistics agency (BPS) showed on Monday.

MARKETS NEWS

* Asian shares hit their highest in nearly eight months after the United States and China agreed on a preliminary trade deal, with Australian shares leading the way on expectations of more easing of monetary policy there.

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(Reporting by Tom Daly; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu, Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Uttaresh.V)