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London Metal Exchange (LME)

A market for trading base metals, where traded options contracts are available against the underlying futures contract.

London Metal Exchange

The world's largest futures and options exchange for metals. It was established in 1877, though it traces its roots back to 1571. The LME trades derivative products based on copper, lead, zinc, aluminum and aluminum alloy, nickel, steel, and tin. Since 2005, plastic has traded on the LME.


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In addition to the LME, other global exchanges and clearing houses including the Singapore Exchange, CME Group, LCH Clearnet, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), Borsa Istanbul and NASDAQ OMX, utilize Platts and or TSI price assessments for settling and clearing ferrous derivatives contracts.
2 million (US$ 593 million) for the same period in 2014, a drop of 17% YoY due to lower LME prices.
Then there was last month's single-day delivery of almost 100,000 tonnes of aluminium into LME locations in Asia.
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The association is intended to allow LME Clear to accept RMB as eligible cash collateral from its members for margin cover purposes.
But in an attempt to remedy that, the LME last year announced plans to reform the system that included linking load-in to load-out rates and cutting maximum warehouse queues to 50 days.
LME stocks movements may be a poor indicator of underlying dynamics in the metal markets, but they do at least provide a useful fiction with which to weave a good story.
Goldman and the LME have been sued in the US on the allegations.
The LME is the world's largest spot and futures exchange for non-ferrous metals.
The LME board met to review the offers, submitted by the May 7 deadline.
The partnership between Cinnober and the LME began back in 2003, when the Swedish supplier delivered its first version of the LMESelect platform, based on its proprietary TRADExpress technology.
Several large steel companies including ArcelorMittal have rejected the need for a futures contract, but the LME as well as banks, brokers and merchants, who have staked time, money and resources on making it work, are optimistic.