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2012 trading volumes

The table below shows 2012 volumes compared to 2011. These are broken down into lots by each metal, plastic and contract type.

Monthly trading volumes for the current calendar year are also available for free.

Futures

Futures

20122011Year to date difference

Primary HG Aluminium

59,123,583 59,558,330 -0.7%

Aluminium Alloy

606,102 610,935 -0.8%

Copper Grade A

35,874,789 34,537,310 3.9%

Lead

14,248,937 10,921,882 30.5%

Nickel

11,164,449 8,056,421 38.6%

Tin

1,846,814 1,891,633 -2.4%

Special High Grade Zinc

29,559,338 21,984,302 34.5%

NASAAC

603,378 699,863 -13.8%

LMEX

- - 0.0%
Steel - Mediterranean / Global 144,724 219,163 -34.0%
Cobalt 13,291 6,578 102.1%
Molybdenum 461 513 -10.1%

Polypropylene - Global

- - 0.0%

Polypropylene - Asia

- - 0.0%

Polypropylene - Europe

- 2 -100.0%

Polypropylene - North America

- 134 -100.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - Global

- - 0.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - Asia

- - 0.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - Europe

- - 0.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - North America

- 182 -100.0%

Copper LMEmini

- 399 -100.0%

Aluminium LMEmini

- - 0.0%

Zinc LMEmini

- 11 -100.0%
LMEswaps - Primary Aluminium 15,079 - 100%
LMEswaps - Aluminium Alloy - - 0.0%
LMEswaps - Copper 30 - 100%
LMEswaps - Lead - - 0.0%
LMEswaps - Nickel 94 - 100%
LMEswaps - Tin - - 0.0%
LMEswaps - Zinc 308 - 100%
LMEswaps - NASAAC - - 0.0%

Totals

153,201,377 138,487,658 10.6%

Options

Options

20122011Year to date difference

Primary HG Aluminium

2,424,466 3,218,299 -24.7%

Aluminium Alloy

- 920 -100.0%

Copper Grade A

2,605,512 3,371,191 -22.7%

Lead

260,265 189,831 37.1%

Nickel

178,844 233,837 -23.5%

Tin

14,014 26,114 -46.3%

Special High Grade Zinc

952,958 913,771 4.3%

NASAAC

1,175 3,528 -66.7%

Totals

6,437,234 7,957,491 -19.1%

TAPOs

TAPOs

20122011Year to date difference

Primary HG Aluminium

45,361 44,196 2.6%

Aluminium Alloy

- - 0.0%

Copper Grade A

16,649 24,309 -31.5%

Lead

4,764 6,806 -30.0%

Nickel

3,157 2,091 51.0%

Tin

- 20 -100.0%

Special High Grade Zinc

11,239 74,938 -85.0%

NASAAC

- 36 -100.0%

Totals

81,170 152,396 -46.7%

Futures and options

Futures + Options

20122011Year to date difference

Primary HG Aluminium

61,593,410 62,820,825 -2.0%

Aluminium Alloy

606,102 611,855 -0.9%

Copper Grade A

38,496,950 37,932,810 1.5%

Lead

14,513,966 11,118,519 30.5%

Nickel

11,346,450 8,292,349 36.8%

Tin

1,860,828 1,917,767 -3.0%

Special High Grade Zinc

30,523,535 22,973,011 32.9%

NASAAC

604,553 703,427 -14.1%

LMEX

- - 0.0%
Steel - Mediterranean / Global 144,724 219,163 -34.0%
Cobalt 13,291 6,578 102.1%
Molybdenum 461 513 -10.1%

Polypropylene - Global

- - 0.0%

Polypropylene - Asia

- - 0.0%

Polypropylene - Europe

- 2 -100.0%

Polypropylene - North America

- 134 -100.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - Global

- - 0.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - Asia

- - 0.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - Europe

- - 0.0%

Linear Low Density Polyethylene - North America

- 182 -100.0%

LMEmini - Copper Grade A

- 399 -100.0%

LMEmini - Primary Aluminium

- - 0.0%

LMEmini - Special High Grade Zinc

- 11 -100.0%
LMEswaps - Primary Aluminium 15,079 - 100%
LMEswaps - Aluminium Alloy - - 0.0%
LMEswaps - Copper 30 - 100%
LMEswaps - Lead - - 100%
LMEswaps - Nickel 94 - 100%
LMEswaps - Tin - - 100%
LMEswaps - Zinc 308 - 100%
LMEswaps - NASAAC - - 0.0%

Grand totals

159,719,781 146,597,545 9.0%

Sizes of lots:

  • 25 tonnes: Aluminium, Copper, Lead and Zinc
  • 20 tonnes: Aluminium Alloy and NASAAC
  • 6 tonnes: Nickel and Molybdenum
  • 5 tonnes: Tin
  • 1 tonne: Cobalt
  • 65 tonnes: Steel Billet 
  • 24.75 tonnes: PP and LL
  • 5 tonnes: LMEmini Copper, Aluminium and Zinc

Neither the LME nor any of its directors, officers or employees shall, except in the case of fraud or wilful neglect, be under any liability whatsoever either in respect of any act or omission (including negligence) in relation to the preparation or publication of the data contained in the report.