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Funds, speculators pushing up energy prices - U.S. regulator

Reuters -- Hedge funds and other speculators are pushing up energy prices and hurting consumers, a top U.S. commodity regulator said, as oil and gasoline prices have surged to recent highs.

Bart Chilton, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), said that the markets watchdog would push on to impose maximum limits on speculative positions that investors can hold.

"There is plenty of reputable and reliable evidence documenting what many of us simply know: that excessive speculation can contort markets," Chilton said in the text of a speech due for delivery on Wednesday.

A Reuters analysis this week found that hedge funds have almost doubled their bets on higher oil prices since Dec. 11, taking their total speculative position close to the highest level ever reported...


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Submitted Feb 13, 2013 By: EZExit
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 22, 2013 5:54:16 AM

Kar: knowing and getting it done are worlds apart in the Beltway.
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:45:45 PM

Peter DeFazio introduced HR 2003 -- a 0.01% tax on speculation -- at least one Congressman within the Beltway knows what should be done.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 5:53:39 AM

kar, that would be good. Been said here many times. But that's not what they do inside the Beltway.
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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:03:49 AM

Tax them a percentage of each trade and make them take delivery of the oil --
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tomok
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 5:39:39 PM

Funds, speculators pushing up energy prices with banks AND, don't forget Big Oil and Big Gas selling fuel and natural gas on the world market for higher prices!
The US ‘oil and natural gas resources’ belong to the citizens of this country and are to be used by those same citizens! The price at the pump needs to go down to $2/gallon - *$3, *$3.50/gallon or *$4.00 is Not the new low!
More Refineries are Not the answer, Stop exporting that fuel is!
Take care of the domestic fuel market first and above all else!
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2013 5:50:34 AM

any good excuse to drive prices up. In the last month, we went from 3.37 to 3.80+. No real reason.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:02:01 AM

rajah: easier said than done.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2013 12:01:46 AM

indeed turtle, we have no control over. Esp. since much of that specutraitor action is done by many big Pig Banks, some of the same we bailed out as "too big to fail" in the final days of GWB's administration.
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USMCturtlehead
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 9:18:58 AM

It is what it is. Speculation which we have no control over.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2013 7:47:53 AM

thanks to Dubb-ya, specutraitors have free rei(g)n to rob the consumer blindly and bring down the economy at the same time.
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Rajah
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 10:50:24 PM

Get the speculators out of it. Make it such that buying oil means taking actual physical delivery of it with no middle men. From the well to the refinery without the opportunity to jack up the price.
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 4:55:03 PM

Same old c**p
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 3:38:23 PM

greedy creeps
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Tommyguns45
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 9:13:50 AM

Hope the speculators has to put 100% down not 10 cents on the dollar like the last Depression.
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GatorGuy
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 9:05:12 AM

Great, thanks speculators. Who are these people anyway?
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Wolfman_TJack
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:33:24 AM

Speculation = Consumer Abuse
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:26:48 AM

this is old news
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tedjm1
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:15:47 AM

Should put a stop to speculators. Know they make money for their company ans themselves, but they hurt everyone else. They make very big bucks and don't care.
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FortVancouver01
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:14:16 AM

If the leadership in the House of Representatives would put back the controls they eliminated on the speculators and hedge funds about ten years, maybe this would not be such a big problem.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:11:04 AM

They know how to make the money.
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gaspricewatchKS
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:11:03 AM

this is not news
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:10:54 AM

How about some public hangings to bring this to a halt.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:06:13 AM

No surprise here.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:05:37 AM

Very true.
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mlmeng
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:05:18 AM

When government intervention is not needed, government gets involved. However, when government intervention would actually help, they are no where to be found.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Welcome to the economic rollercoaster
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PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:04:19 AM

They'll get their money and the suckers will be left holding the bag, when Oil futures drop.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:02:58 AM

smh
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bvrbill
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:02:40 AM

End speculation.
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:02:07 AM

ok
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s6sputnik
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Message Posted: Feb 14, 2013 12:01:40 AM

It's way too high!
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:59:52 PM

Up and down, up and down, makes the world go around.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:59:05 PM

REALLY...
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clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:58:57 PM

Speculators run amok. No change.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:58:46 PM

Of course!
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:58:37 PM

yes yes
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agr964
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:55:16 PM

This has been known for years, and regulators are just now figuring it out? Did they finally get back from vacation?

Kind of late now anyway. Gas is already $4 here.

[Edited by: agr964 at 2/13/2013 11:56:47 PM EST]
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mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:54:49 PM

and who is the control and enforcement body? and what slap on the wrist will violators get?
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medic319
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:48:48 PM

I can't wait to see where this goes.
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hawkman1950
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:48:21 PM

Take everyone of these low life fockers outside and put a bullet in them.
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DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:46:54 PM

Exactly. I hope the can put in place laws to curb the rampant speculation. It is putting a huge drag on our economy. Our government seems to like the idea of high fuel prices. The are only concerned about renewable energy.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:44:13 PM

Hope he wins the appeal.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:32:33 PM

nothing new there
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:29:43 PM

Make the speculators take delivery of the product that they are buying. This will slow down if not altogether eliminate the wild price runs that they initiate.
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:29:37 PM

Speculators are nutty.
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drz614
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:29:01 PM

in addition, couldn't possibly be because of lack of refinery capacity
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:26:07 PM

i'm tired of hearing about speculators
it's dumb
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:23:56 PM

Where is news in this?
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:20:55 PM

I think it's time to lynch some speculators and hedge fund managers...
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Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 11:20:52 PM

DUH!
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