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  1. April 3, 2014

    Aluminium jumps after halt to LME plan

    Aluminium has jumped 6 per cent in the week since the London Metal Exchange was forced to halt a plan to cut queues at its...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Nickel trade poised for longs and shorts battle

    Colleagues last week noted how nickel has been the star performer among the industrial metals this year. It has come off...

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  1. FT Alphaville

    March 27, 2014

    Don't LME me, bro

    There’s big news in the world of commodity inventory. Rusal reports via a press release on Thursday that it has won its case...

  2. March 27, 2014

    LME halts plan to cut metals queues after court ruling

    The London Metal Exchange has been forced put on hold a new rule to tackle the long warehouse queues that US politicians and...

  3. March 25, 2014

    Copper rebounds from recent sell-off

    Copper continued to recover from a recent sharp sell-off, rising more than 2 per cent on Tuesday as traders closed bearish...

  4. March 20, 2014

    Indonesia export ban turns nickel into a star

    Last year nickel was the dog. This year it is the star turn – the one commodity to stand firm during the recent sell-off in...

  5. FT Alphaville

    March 19, 2014

    Cu in hell

    But not just yet. The chart is from Goldman Sachs’ latest metals note. The basic point is that recent moves in copper,...

  6. March 14, 2014

    Dr Copper catches a dose of Chinese flu

    “Dr Copper” is poorly. And the prognosis isn’t clear. The red metal suffered a brutal sell-off last week that pushed the...

  7. FT Alphaville

    March 13, 2014

    When will I Cu again

    Deutsche: yes, copper financing in China is big. How big? Try a tenth of all short-term FX loans — and 750,000 or so tonnes...

  8. March 13, 2014

    Iron ore pulls away from 18-month low

    Iron ore, the main commodity used in steelmaking, continued to pull away from Monday’s 18-month low as buyers returned to...

  9. March 13, 2014

    Copper: Cu on the other side

    Oil can blow up, or leak. Iron ore is bulky. So much so that it endangers cargo ships if it gets too wet. Which is why puny...

  10. FT Alphaville

    March 12, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Lingering concerns over growth in China pushed commodity and equity prices lower in Asia, reflecting widespread...

  11. March 10, 2014

    China fears trigger dramatic drop in copper

    The copper market is spooked. After falling 4 per cent on Friday, the red metal tumbled as much as 2.6 per cent on Monday on...

  12. March 10, 2014

    Iron ore slumps after China trade numbers disappoint

    Iron ore, the main commodity used in steelmaking, has suffered one of its biggest falls on record in the wake of...

  13. March 7, 2014

    Copper tumbles after China bond default

    Copper dropped to a seven-month low in heavy volume after a bond default in China added to growing concerns about slowing...

  14. March 5, 2014

    Nickel benefits from Indonesia export ban

    Nickel has risen to its highest level in nine months on signs that Indonesia’s export ban on unprocessed mineral ore is...

  15. February 27, 2014

    Trading houses in line for increased regulator scrutiny

    Trading houses are set to attract greater attention from the UK’s financial watchdog as commodity markets come under...

  16. February 26, 2014

    LME rules will see Rusal lose ‘tens of millions of pounds’, court hears

    Rusal, the world’s biggest aluminium producer, told a court that it could lose “at the very least tens of millions of...

  17. February 24, 2014

    Aluminium: light and dark

    Markets can be irrational for painful amounts of time, and so forth. But aluminium is taking the mickey. Base prices for the...

  18. FT Alphaville

    February 21, 2014

    Still waiting for that China copper unwind...

    Right, so if we’re not blaming the squid we may as well spend a bit more time on China. Whack-a-mole finance can have a long...

  19. FT Alphaville

    February 17, 2014

    Don't blame squids, blame China

    Following Matt Taibbi’s “Vampire Squid operates in commodities” exposé, here’s an apropos update on recent LME inventory...

  20. FT Alphaville

    February 13, 2014

    From inventory denial to inventory acceptance in aluminium

    From Rio Tinto’s Alcan performance statement on Thursday (our emphasis): Rio Tinto Alcan’s underlying earnings of $557...

  21. February 5, 2014

    New contract to hedge high aluminium premium

    Aluminium traders and the London Metal Exchange are in advanced discussions over a new contract that will allow consumers to...

  22. January 29, 2014

    China sensitive assets in thrall to PMI

    China will start its Lunar New Year holiday on Friday. But before it does, it will leave global markets with something to...

  23. January 27, 2014

    Biggest aluminium buyer attacks prices

    The world’s largest buyer of aluminium, Novelis, has hit out at rising prices for the metal, saying that record premiums...

  24. January 23, 2014

    Metals hit by China demand concerns

    Base metals come under pressure on Thursday as weak factory data reawakened concerns about demand in China, the world’s...

  25. FT Alphaville

    January 16, 2014

    An aluminium supernova which the LME never saw coming

    Forcing LME warehouse operators to comply with faster aluminium load-out rates was supposed to bring down excessive spot...

  26. January 16, 2014

    Aluminium premiums hit record high on tight physical market

    “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the aluminium market but...

  27. January 14, 2014

    Nickel makes gains on Indonesia ban

    Nickel made further gains on Tuesday as market participants continued to assess the impact of Indonesia’s ban on exports of...

  28. January 14, 2014

    Commodity exchanges miffed by Mifid

    The name of the legislation is a mouthful and its acronym captures the feeling of many European commodity players towards...

  29. January 10, 2014

    Nickel gains ahead of Indonesia ban

    Nickel saw its biggest one day gain since October as traders unwound short positions before the introduction of Indonesia’s...

  30. January 10, 2014

    China brings fresh blood to LME Ring

    The “Ring” has been shrinking. In 2012, the boisterous, circle-shaped trading floor of the London Metal Exchange lost...

  31. January 8, 2014

    Indonesia ore ban to hit metals markets

    It is a law that few people in the commodities industry expected to be enacted. But it now looks likely that Indonesia, one...

  32. January 6, 2014

    Surging Dr Copper leaves traders confused

    A crucial material in wiring and electronics, copper has long been seen as a barometer of the health of the global economy....

  33. January 2, 2014

    Copper climbs to seven-month high

    Copper bounded to a seven-month high amid shrinking stocks of refined product and optimism about the economic outlook in...

  34. December 24, 2013

    Rusal takes London Metal Exchange to court over warehouse rules

    Rusal, the aluminium producer controlled by oligarch Oleg Deripaska, is taking the London Metal Exchange to court, claiming...

  35. November 27, 2013

    JPMorgan eyed sale of metals unit in 2012

    JPMorgan Chase drew up plans to sell part of its metals warehousing empire last year as it faced pressure to show regulators...

  36. November 27, 2013

    Aluminium prices slide to four-year low

    Aluminium prices have slid to a four-year low, in a development that will heap pressure on the struggling smelting industry....

  37. November 19, 2013

    Copper at 3-month low on Fed stimulus fears

    Copper hit a three-month low on Tuesday as investors continued to fret about an end to the US Federal Reserve’s...

  38. November 18, 2013

    Goldman set to step up warehouse sale talks

    Goldman Sachs is likely to step up discussions over a sale of its metals warehousing business having received numerous...

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