On the London Metal Exchange, copper for delivery in three months rose 6.1 percent to close at $8,145 a metric ton ($3.69 a pound) at 6:32 p.m. This week, the commodity has jumped 14 percent, poised for the biggest increase since Bloomberg data starts in April 1986.
Copper futures for December delivery advanced 5.8 percent to $3.692 a pound on the Comex in New York. This month, the price has surged 17 percent, heading for the largest gain since March 2009.
Nickel rose 4.1 percent to $19,900 a ton today on the LME. This month, the price has jumped 13 percent in October, heading for the biggest gain since March 2010.
Lead soared 6 percent today, and zinc advanced 4.9 percent in London. Tin climbed 3.2 percent, and aluminum rose 1.8 percent.