Cash prices represent the current price in the market for spot contracts.
LME cash contracts are for settlement or delivery two business days forward from the trading day. A 3-month price represents the price agreed to settle or deliver material 3 months from the time the price is agreed. Similarly, 15 or 27 months prices represent the price agreed for delivery 15 or 27 months forward from that point in time.
More information on our prompt date structure can be found in our "A Detailed Guide to the London Metal Exchange".
Guide to the London Metal Exchange (PDF)
We do not offer a free trial on our next day XML feed, however we do provide a developer guide that describes the service in detail so new subscribers can review the XML format and develop integration solutions.
XML is a popular encoding language widely used for its flexibility in electronic data dissemination by many web services, therefore, we do not provide support.
However there are many documents and seminars advertised throughout the Internet where you can access additional support and training. Most web developers are familiar with this format.
The XML Developer Guide will provide the information your developers will require to integrate the service with your systems.
The LME also distributes its market data through licensed data distributors. These distributors range from data vendors to specialist industry publications and news providers. You do not need to become a member of the Exchange to access LME market data.
The LME offers a limited set of free data products delivered on a next day delayed basis. This data can be accessed on LME.com, after completing a simple registration process. LME data available free of charge includes pricing information and a limited number of reports for LME traded contracts.