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    1. June 29, 2015

      Copper benefits from equity margin calls

      The abrupt reversal in China’s stock market has produced one unlikely beneficiary: copper. Though heavily tied to the...

    2. June 12, 2015

      Copper continues slide on weak China data

      Copper fell for its fourth week in a row after weak data from largest consumer China. The price of the red metal fell to its...

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    1. June 9, 2015

      Supply glut puts pressure on aluminium

      Aluminium prices show few signs of recovering as the world remains in a glut of the lightweight metal used in cars and cans....

    2. June 9, 2015

      LME puts its foot on the high-speed pedal to attract volume

      In the global race among bourses to attract trading volume, metals exchanges are increasingly dealing with a counterparty...

    3. May 19, 2015

      Firmer dollar halts energy and metals rally

      A rising US dollar brought the recent recovery in energy and metals markets to a shuddering halt on Wednesday. Commodities...

    4. May 12, 2015

      Chinese fund doubles down on copper short

      One of the Chinese funds reckoned to be behind a precipitous fall in the price of copper at the start of the year has not...

    5. May 12, 2015

      Zinc traders dig in as price rebounds

      Forty-three miles from Milan, an Australian company is busy resurrecting a zinc mine left dormant since the 1980s. Energia...

    6. April 27, 2015

      Rusal battles with LME on aluminium price

      Rusal, the world’s largest aluminium producer, has reignited its war of words with the London Metal Exchange, saying the LME...

    7. April 22, 2015

      Copper producers position for price recovery

      The copper industry is faced with a dilemma as debate intensifies over when the price of the metal will start to recover....

    8. April 20, 2015

      Clearing houses hit back at European plans

      A group of seven European derivatives exchanges operators have hit back at regulators’ plans to give investors greater...

    9. April 2, 2015

      Commodities Explained: Metals trading in China

      Once already this year traders in London have been dragged out of bed at 1am when copper plunged in Shanghai. That could...

    10. March 18, 2015

      London Metal Exchange ends ties with LCH.Clearnet

      The London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest industrial metals exchange, has ended all its ties with its former clearing...

    11. March 4, 2015

      Norsk Hydro: ally oops

      After years of ups and (mostly) downs, Norsk Hydro, the Norwegian aluminium producer, has had a good ride over the past...

    12. March 4, 2015

      Aluminium trading profits under threat

      The days of easy profits for aluminium traders benefiting from warehouse queues may finally be over as prices fall and new...

    13. March 2, 2015

      LME aims to limit warehouse payments

      The London Metal Exchange has tightened rules for owners of warehouses that store its metal, including Glencore and...

    14. February 26, 2015

      Copper hits highest level since China fund attack

      Copper has risen to its highest level since Chinese funds attacked the metal six weeks ago. Last month, aggressive selling...

    15. February 4, 2015

      Bearish bets on copper begin to fade

      Are copper bears closing their bearish bets? That’s the talk in the market place. Open interest — the number of futures and...

    16. February 3, 2015

      London Metal Exchange rings the changes

      In 2016, when the 138-year-old London Metal Exchange relocates from Leadenhall Street in the City of London to a new...

    17. January 20, 2015

      China funds become new force in global commodity trade

      China’s Shanghai Chaos investment fund is named after the pioneer of chaos theory Edward Norton Lorenz, who coined the term...

    18. January 15, 2015

      China funds bring Chaos to metals markets

      Until a few days ago, only copper market cognoscenti had heard of Shanghai Chaos. But now the Chinese hedge fund is the talk...

    19. January 15, 2015

      Chinese hedge funds drive copper plunge

      What caused copper to plunge precipitously on Wednesday? Market participants say aggressive selling by Chinese hedge funds...

    20. January 14, 2015

      Lord Copper deemed to have come a cropper, but only up to a point

      Lord Copper, a press baron invented by writer Evelyn Waugh, was too important ever to be wrong. The stock response of...

    21. January 14, 2015

      Copper slumps on Chinese selling

      Copper slumped to its lowest levels in five-and-a-half years on Wednesday, driven down by aggressive selling by Chinese...

    22. January 8, 2015

      Investors bet on copper price fall

      Investors are betting the price of copper will fall further as the US dollar continues to strengthen and global economic...

    23. December 23, 2014

      Goldman move caps Reubens’ metal ambitions

      The deal to buy the controversial warehousing business of Goldman Sachs marks a high-profile return to the metals market by...

    24. December 11, 2014

      Dominant holder highlights problems in aluminium market

      For years buyers of aluminium have put the metal in warehouses, borrowed against it, and waited for prices to rise. It was...

    25. FT Alphaville

      November 27, 2014

      A copper bullion story

      A tip of the hat to John Kemp for drawing our attention to the latest from Reuters’ base-metals’ reporter Andy Home, who...

    26. November 20, 2014

      US report details metal warehouse issues

      The two-year US Senate investigation into banks’ commodities business has thrown a sharp light on the relationship between...

    27. November 19, 2014

      Report blasts US banks’ physical commodities operations

      Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley exposed themselves to catastrophic financial risks, environmental disasters and...

    28. November 19, 2014

      Nickel gains after Indonesia reaffirms ore export ban

      Nickel outperformed its base metal peers on Wednesday and hit its highest level in a month after Indonesia said a ban on...

    29. November 12, 2014

      End of gold fix heralds shift for London

      For centuries London’s precious metals markets have operated themselves. Gold has been moved between hidden vaults in the...

    30. October 30, 2014

      Cargill expands into base metals

      Cargill, one of the largest private suppliers of food and grains across the world, is moving into base metal derivatives....

    31. October 28, 2014

      Sharp fall in copper stocks points to rally

      Industry figures on Tuesday showing that a single party controls more than half of the copper held in London Metal Exchange...

    32. FT Alphaville

      October 28, 2014

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - When Piketty met Graeber. - Magicians, mafiosos and tigers. - Manipulating the LME copper market:...

    33. October 27, 2014

      Strike action by miners boosts copper

      Copper moved higher on Monday as reports of strikes at two big mines added to concerns about tight supplies of the red...

    34. October 27, 2014

      LME taps China investors’ metals interest

      It is a tradition at the London Metal Exchange’s annual black tie dinner in the ballroom of the Grosvenor House Hotel to bet...

    35. October 20, 2014

      LME plans to launch HK-based commodities contracts

      The London Metal Exchange plans to launch Hong Kong-based commodities contracts as it seeks to attract direct investment...

    36. October 20, 2014

      LME Week: here’s what to expect

      Londoners beware: the biggest annual gathering of the metals and mining industry kicks off in the capital this week. At LME...

    37. October 16, 2014

      LME to run palladium and platinum price benchmarks

      The London Metal Exchange will administer the digital price-setting mechanism for palladium and platinum, months after a...

    38. October 15, 2014

      Inversions should not (hop) scotch healthy trend for tax competition

      We come not to bury tax inversions but to praise them. The news that US drugs group AbbVie of the US may back out of its...

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