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 3 Month Prompt Dates 
Good Friday Friday 10 April 2020
Thursday 9 April 2020
Easter Monday
Monday 13 April 2020
Tuesday 14 April 2020
Early May Bank Holiday
Friday 8 May 2020
N/A
Spring Bank Holiday
Monday 25 May 2020
Tuesday 26 May 2020
Summer Bank Holiday
Monday 31 August 2020
N/A
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

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