NEW YORK, March 29 (Reuters) - U.S. copper futures closed at a 19 month peak above $3.50 per lb on Monday, powered by weakness in the dollar and improved demand prospects reflected in upward Chinese growth forecasts and declining inventories.
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* Copper for May delivery HGK0 rallied 13.25 cents, or 3.9 percent, to settle at $3.5355 per lb on the New York Mercantile Exchange's COMEX division.
* Highest settlement for a third-position contract based on a continuation basis since late August 2008.
* Session range from $3.4115 to $3.5380.
* COMEX estimated copper futures volume at 32,631 lots by 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT).
* Copper buoyed by relief rally in the euro after last week's euro zone agreement on emergency financial aid for Greece. [USD/]
* Market sentiment bolstered by 12 percent growth forecast in China, the world's top consumer of the industrial metal. [ID:nTOE62S003]
* Copper underpinned by improved economic outlook after data showed U.S. consumer spending grew for fifth straight month in February. [ID:nN29246203]
* Inventory numbers starting to catch people's attention - Justin Lennon, analyst with Mitsui Bussan Commodities (USA) Inc.
* London Metal Exchange copper warehouse stocks fell 1,400 tonnes to 515,525 tonnes -- their lowest level since early January. Stockpiles hit a 6-1/2 year high of 555,075 tonnes in mid-February. <0#LME-STOCKS>
* Last week, Shanghai copper stocks fell 8 percent to 155,465 tonnes from 169,101 tonnes a week ago, while copper stocks on warrant declined 3,054 tonnes to 47,908 tonnes. [ID:nBJD003626]
* COMEX copper stocks eased 22 short tons to 101,446 short tons as of Friday. CMWSU
* Money managers, which include commodity trading advisors, pool operators and hedge funds, trimmed net long positions in COMEX copper futures to 22,194 lots in week ended March 23, from prior 22,796 lots - data from U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. [ID:nN26118087]
* LME copper CMCU3 closed at $7,770 per tonne from $7,514 per tonne at the close on Friday. (Reporting by Chris Kelly)