March 2015

LME ASIAN WRAP: Copper inches up, investors await Fed meeting

London Metal Exchange copper prices cautiously rose in Asian morning on Monday March 16, ahead of the US Federal Reserve meeting later this week.

INTERVIEW: HKEx wants to grow, not destroy, LME trading arena, its CEO says

The goal of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing is to grow the London Metal Exchange's metals trading arena, not wipe its existing participants out, the HKEx CEO said.

INTERVIEW: LME won't shy from litigation, if necessary - Garry Jones

One thing is clear from the new two-month discussion paper on the final elements of the London Metal Exchange's warehouse reform package: the exchange won't shy away from taking tough action, including litigation if necessary.

WEEK AHEAD: Minor metals

The antimony market is likely to outperform the rest of the minor metals on plant shutdowns as a result of clampdown on pollution and industry consolidation.

INTERVIEW: Commodities to follow on Stock Connect, HKEx ceo says

Commodities are a natural fit for the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect model, but will be behind equities on the list to be added, the ceo of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEx), Charles Li, told Metal Bulletin.

INTERVIEW: LME could offer Sword system externally, ceo says

The London Metal Exchange is looking at ways to globalise its warehouse process and could offer its Sword system externally, its ceo Garry Jones told Metal Bulletin in an interview.

CLOSE TO CLOSE: Copper prices end week 1.7% higher despite dollar headwinds

Copper prices finished the week 1.7% higher on the London Metal Exchange on Friday March 13, as the red metal proved resilient against the rising dollar, which dragged other metals and commodities lower throughout the week.

INTERVIEW: LME working to improve steel billet contract, ceo says

The London Metal Exchange is working to find ways to develop liquidity in its steel billet contract, which has been refocused to the European region, the exchange’s ceo Garry Jones said.

INTERVIEW: Gold staying on the LME’s agenda, its ceo says

Gold futures could be on the agenda for the London Metal Exchange at some point, but the re-establishment of a forward curve is the more likely first step, LME ceo Garry Jones told Metal Bulletin.

WEEK IN BRIEF: Qingdao case; China's bonded stocks; electronic trading on LME

At the end of another busy week in the Metal Bulletin newsroom, editor Alex Harrison takes a look back at some of the key stories.