The London Metal Exchange (LME) was established in 1877 and became a subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Limited in 2012. The vast majority of the worlds trades in non-ferrous metals occur on the LME.
The LME uses both a trading floor with open-outcry and electronic trading (for specific metals). Investment products traded on the LME are derived from precious metals, ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals. The contracts traded on the LME are primarily futures and options designed to hedge against fluctuations in metal prices.
The London Metal Exchange Index (LMEX) tracks exchange performance.
Trading hours (electronic): Monday through Friday 1:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. GMT (UTC-0)
Trading hours (trade floor): Monday through Friday 11:40 a.m to 5:00 p.m GMT