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 Fri 19 Apr 19
N/A
Easter Monday
Mon 22 Apr 19
Tues 23 Apr 19
Early May Bank Holiday
Mon 6 May 19
Tues 7 May 19
Spring Bank Holiday
Mon 27 May 19
Tues 28 May 19
Summer Bank Holiday
Mon 26 Aug 19
N/A
Christmas Day
Wed 25 Dec 19
Tues 24 Dec 19
Boxing Day
Thurs 26 Dec 19
Fri 27 Dec 19
New Year's Day
Wed 1 Jan 20
Thurs 2 Jan 20

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