LONDON, June 7 Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)
has substantially expanded the range of dates that its
London gold futures contract can be traded, as it seeks to beat
rival exchanges to gain a foothold in the city's $5
trillion-a-year bullion market.
ICE said that from May 22 its daily futures contract could
be traded on dates up to three months into the future.
Previously it could be traded only two days ahead of settlement.
"This extension of the trading curve will provide the
ability to trade a Gold Daily futures contract pricing delivery
on each Eligible Contract Date three calendar months into the
future," the exchange said in a market notice.
ICE launched its London gold contract in January and has
moved to promote it ahead of the launch in July of a rival suite
of gold and silver contracts by the London Metal Exchange.
ICE has used its contract to clear London's gold price
benchmark auction, which it administers, but outside that
process the contract has barely traded.
The LME, ICE and CME Group are all launching London
gold contracts this year, betting that tightening regulation
will force banks to stop trading gold bilaterally and use more
transparent, centrally-cleared exchanges instead.
(Reporting by Peter Hobson, editing by David Evans)