NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) commends the London Metal Exchange (LME) for taking steps today to create a more transparent marketplace, which Alcoa recommended and industry participants broadly support. The immediate next step is for the LME to provide a clear timeline in which to implement this change. Alcoa believes this is key to ensuring a more transparent system which increases fairness and improves market function.
Alcoa supports the LME’s intention to examine creating premium contracts, which Alcoa recommended in its response to the LME’s proposed warehouse rule changes. Premium contracts would provide market participants the ability to hedge exposure to the all-in price. We look forward to working with the LME to develop these contracts. Alcoa is also supportive of the LME’s proposed physical market committee, and welcomes the opportunity to participate on it.
Alcoa encourages the LME to focus on increasing confidence among market participants through greater transparency and premium contracts, and cautions against direct market intervention. We are further encouraged by the LME’s intention to closely monitor the consequences of its newly adopted rules.
Alcoa remains committed to continuing to work constructively with the LME to drive improvements in the marketplace.
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