LME finds no further 'irregularities' in warranted nickel
Adds details, context
By Pratima Desai and Polina Devitt
LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) -The London Metal Exchange (LME) said on Thursday it has no reason to believe any other LME-approved facility is affected by the "irregularities" found in nine nickel warrants last week at one LME-licensed warehouse.
Last week, the LME cancelled the nine warrants - documents conferring ownership of metal stored in LME-registered warehouses - or 54 tonnes of bagged nickel briquette, without disclosing what was in the bags.
Sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters earlier this week that nickel delivered by LME-approved warehouse firm Access World to commodity traders Trafigura and Stratton Metals contained stones instead of nickel.
The amounts involved are not large, but industry sources said the discovery of non-conforming nickel has eroded confidence in the nickel trade, both globally and on the LME, the world's oldest and largest forum for metals.
"We are continuing to work with warehouse operators to complete a thorough check of LME-warranted bagged nickel – the majority of warrants have now been checked, with no further irregularities found," the LME said in a statement.
"We will communicate with the market via notice to confirm completion shortly."
The LME called on all warehouse operators to undertake inspections of warranted nickel last week. To give them time to do that, it postponed the resumption of nickel trading during Asian hours by a week to March 27.
"We are confident that this is an isolated incident," the 146-year-old exchange said.
Buyers of nickel on the London Metal Exchange nervous about receiving material that does not meet specification are rolling their positions forward by selling nearby contracts and buying them back further out, traders said.
This can be seen in the steep discounts for nearby contracts against those with a longer maturity MNI0-3, MNIT-0=LX.
Reporting by Pratima Desai; additional reporting by Polina Devitt; editing by Jason Neely, Kirsten Donovan
免責聲明: XM Group提供線上交易平台的登入和執行服務，允許個人查看和/或使用網站所提供的內容，但不進行任何更改或擴展其服務和訪問權限，並受以下條款與條例約束：（i）條款與條例；（ii）風險提示；（iii）完全免責聲明。網站內部所提供的所有資訊，僅限於一般資訊用途。請注意，我們所有的線上交易平台內容並不構成，也不被視為進入金融市場交易的邀約或邀請 。金融市場交易會對您的投資帶來重大風險。