Each of the reference prices published by the Exchange is derived directly from trading and provide transparent pricing for the global metals market.
What is the LME Official Price and how is it calculated?
The LME Official Price is the last bid and offer price quoted during the second Ring session and the LME Official Settlement Price is the last cash offer price.
How is it used?
The LME Official Price is used as the global reference for physical contracts. The LME Official Settlement Price is the price at which all LME futures are settled.
Cash, three month and 15 month: LME Tin, LME Steel Billet, LME Cobalt and LME Molybdenum
Cash, three month and one forward December prompt: LME Aluminium Alloy and LME NASAAC.
Cash, three month and three forward December prompts: LME Aluminium, LME Copper, LME Lead, LME Nickel and LME Zinc.
When is it published?
USD (LME also publish exchange rates for EUR, GBP, JPY)
Trading day and price points
|Trading day and price points||London||Singapore||New York|
| LMEselect open || 01.00 || 09.00 || 20.00 |
| LME Asian Reference Price |
Established 06.55-07.00 (07.55-08.00 BST *)
Provisional prices published 07.01 (08.01 BST *)
Confirmed at 07.03 (08.03 BST *);
* All times are London time unless stated otherwise
| 07.00 || 15.00 || 02.00 |
|Stock inventories published||09.00||17.00||04.00|
| Ring open ||11.40||19.40||06.40|
| LME Official and Official Settlement Price established || 12.20-13.25 || 20.20-21.25 || 07.20-08.25 |
| LME Official and Official Settlement Price published || 12.20-13.25 || 20.20-21.25 || 07.20-08.25 |
|LME Unofficial Price established and published|| 15.00-15.35 || 22.00-22.35 || 10.00-10.35 |
| LME Closing Price established || 15:50-17.00 || 22.50-00.00 || 10.50-12.00 |
| Ring close ||17.00||00.00||12.00|
|LME Final Closing Price published from||17.50||00.50||12.50|
The LME Official Prices are benchmarks administered by the LME pursuant to the European Benchmarks Regulation ( BMR ) (and collectively constitute the LME Official Prices Benchmark Family).
For more information, please see here . This page also includes links to the BMR benchmark statement and methodology for the LME Official Prices.