The London Metal Exchange, a member of HKEX Group, is the world centre for industrial metals trading.
The majority of global non-ferrous metals business is conducted on our three trading platforms: LMEselect (electronic), the Ring (open outcry) and the 24-hour telephone market. The world’s metal community uses the LME to trade futures and options, and to hedge against adverse price movements. Prices that are discovered on our markets are used as the global reference prices.
Participants can trade aluminium, aluminium alloy, copper, tin, nickel, zinc, lead, molybdenum, cobalt, steel billet, steel rebar and steel scrap, and four regional aluminium premiums contracts. In 2016, 156.5 million lots were traded on the LME, the equivalent of 3.5 billion tonnes and $10.3 trillion in notional value.
At the close of the year, approximately 3.6 million tonnes of material was held on LME warrant in more than 600 storage facilities across 34 locations internationally.