TAPOs contract specifications

LME Nickel

Traded Average Price Options (TAPOs) are exchange traded and cleared contracts which settle financially based on the average of the daily LME Official Settlement Prices for the relevant month..

Contract code  NI 
Underlying metal   Nickel of 99.80% purity (minimum) conforming to B39-79 (2008) 
Lot size   6 tonnes 
Contract months  Monthly out to 27 months 
Underlying contract   LME Nickel futures - the average of the Cash prompts for each business day of the contract month 
Price quotation US dollars per tonne
Clearable currencies  US dollars
Option style Asian
Trading deadlines  The business day preceding the declaration day of the relevant prompt month:
Last trading time - by 18.00
Last matching and registration - by 18.15
Expiry date/time  Automatic declaration of in-the-money TAPOs at 15.00 on the last business day of the TAPO month
Minimum price fluctuation (tick size)  $0.01 per tonne 
Strike price intervals  $1
Exercise of options  LME Clear auto exercise TAPOs. Exercise will result in two futures contracts, one at the strike price and the other at the Monthly Average Settlement Price (MASP). This has the same economic effect as cash settlement two business days after the last trading day of the contract month.
Settlement type  Financial
Trading venues  Ring,inter-office telephone and LMEselect (as a delta hedged option only)


LME Nickel contract specifications

This is a summary of the contract specifications. For full contract specification details, please refer to the LME Rulebook and for other information, please refer to our disclaimer page. 

Note that all contracts are subject to the LME’s rules and regulations and LME Clear span margining.