LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) - Britain's top FTSE 100 equity index is seen outperforming rival continental European markets at the open, with UK mining stocks expected to be supported by a rise in the copper price.
Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12-15 points, or 0.2 percent higher. Germany's DAX was seen opening down by 16-19 points, or 0.2 percent lower, and France's CAC 40 was seen opening unchanged to down by 4 points, or flat in percentage terms. > GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares at fresh 7-yr high, look past weak US data
> US STOCKS-Wall St ends slightly lower as earnings worries linger > Nikkei drops on weak U.S. data, investors eye earnings next week > TREASURIES-Bonds end slightly stronger as investors weigh growth outlook
> FOREX-U.S. data disappoints dollar bulls again, euro shrugs off Greece concerns > PRECIOUS-Gold holds below $1,200, poised for second weekly dip > METALS-London tin set for 11 pct weekly loss as demand falters > Brent crude oil prices fall as OPEC production soars (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta)