Trading times and dates

  • LMEselect: 01.00 - 19.00 (Trading for LMEprecious continues until 20.00) (London time) 
  • Ring trading: 11.40 - 17.00 (London time)
  • Inter-office telephone trading: 24 hours

First session*


Ring 1
(11.40 - 12.25)
Steel billet 11:40 - 11:45
Aluminium alloy and NASAAC 11:45 - 11:50
Tin 11:50 - 11:55
Primary aluminium 11:55 - 12:00
Copper 12:00 - 12:05
Lead 12:05 - 12:10
Zinc 12:10 - 12:15
Nickel 12:15 - 12:20
Cobalt and molybdenum 12:20 - 12:25
Interval 12:25 - 12:30
Ring 2
(12.30 - 13.15)
Copper 12:30 - 12:35
Aluminium alloy and NASAAC 12:35 - 12:40
Tin 12:40 - 12:45
Lead 12:45 - 12:50
Zinc 12:50 - 12:55
Primary aluminium 12:55 - 13:00
Nickel 13:00 - 13:05
Aluminium premiums 13:05 - 13.10
Steel billet 13:10 - 13.15
Interval 13:15 - 13:25
Kerb trading 13:25 - 13:35
Interval 13:35 - 15:00

*Ring 1 and Ring 2 make up the first (pre-lunch) session of Ring trading. LME Official Prices, used as a reference in physical contracts, are established during Ring 2.

Second session **


Ring 3 
(15.00 - 15.35)
Lead 15:00 - 15:05
Zinc 15:05 - 15:10
Copper 15:10 - 15:15
Primary aluminium 15:15 - 15:20
Tin 15:20 - 15:25
Nickel 15:25 - 15:30
Aluminium alloy and NASAAC 15:30 - 15:35
Interval 15:35 - 15:50
Kerb trading***
(15.50 - 17.00)
Zinc ceases trading 16.00
Tin ceases trading 16.10
Lead and steel billet cease trading 16.20
Cobalt and molybdenum cease trading 16.25
Primary aluminium ceases trading 16.35
Aluminium premiums, aluminium alloy and NASAAC cease trading 16.40
Copper ceases trading 16.50
Nickel ceases trading 17.00

**Ring 3 makes up the second (post-lunch) session of Ring trading.

***LME Closing Prices, used for end-of-day valuations and margining purposes, are established during Kerb trading.

UK Holiday Dates Substituted Three Month Prompt Dates 
Christmas Day
Friday 25 December 2020
Thursday 24 Dec 2020
Boxing Day
Monday 28 December 2020
Tuesday 29 Dec 2020
New Year's Day
Friday 1 January 2021
Monday 4 January 2021
Good Friday Friday 2 April 2021
N/A
Easter Monday
Monday 5 April 2021
Tuesday 6 April 2021
Early May Bank Holiday
Monday 3 May 2021
Tuesday 4 May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 31 May 2021
N/A
Summer Bank Holiday
Monday 30 August 2021
N/A
Christmas Day
Monday 27 December 2021
Wednesday 29 Dec 2021
Boxing Day
Tuesday 28 December 2021
Wednesday 29 Dec 2021
New Year's Day
Monday 3 January 2022
N/A

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