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Are speculators really driving up gasoline prices?

Marketwatch -- Have you heard about the great conspiracy behind gasoline prices?

Apparently, it’s the one that’s causing prices to skyrocket at the pumps. Gas is up about 50 cents so far this year, hitting an average of about $3.80 a gallon nationwide.

Of course, somebody must be “to blame.” Turns out it’s the fault of “greedy speculators” who are driving up the price.

Everybody says so. Progressive websites. Conservative-leaning newspapers. Politicians at the state and federal level. Even regulators.

The evidence is that “non-commercial” interests — in other words, financial investors and speculators — now account for most of the trading in oil futures. On some occasions, indeed, they pretty much constitute the entire market. It’s those darn greedy speculators, stealing your money! It’s a


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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 1:08:28 AM

No conspiracy -- just good old American supply and demand. Great to see unbridled capitalism.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Mar 8, 2013 12:04:18 AM

oil and pump prices weren't swinging wildly until specutraitors got free rei(g)n under Dubya.
VaPider
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 8:54:06 AM

Anyone blaming congress and their tax greed?
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 6:56:14 AM

greed lives
jim27106
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:58:19 AM

The author claims speculators don't take delivery. The folks at http://peakoildebunked.blogspot.com/2008/05/355-banks-hoard-oil-in-storage-tanks.html disagree. I should go to bed and am not going to find more recent sources.

[Edited by: jim27106 at 3/6/2013 5:58:32 AM EST]
jim27106
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 5:39:32 AM

That link crashed my IE 7.
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 4:33:20 AM

Even folks who play in these markets don't really understand how complex the systems are, leading to an inability to really explain it to everyone else. The markets provide a service, too bad some seem to mess with that.
afghaned
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 2:39:23 AM

So many people making the same comment!!!
carloco75
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:55:34 AM

Ummm...
wshutton
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:33:30 AM

A question for the author: Why have American retail fuel prices increased over $0.50 per gallon in two months?
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:31:52 AM

Hmmm - let me think and I will get back to you
MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:24:52 AM

We already knew it was speculators. Take oil and gas off the commodity market.
Bill100
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:18:32 AM

Marketwatch:

Having a hard time finding something to write about?
DirtDauber
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:17:19 AM

This is a pretty inane question.

If this is a news article, then tell us the news, don't ask a question.
Ron77095
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:16:00 AM

Really?
arinkrat17
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:15:39 AM

Ok
unclenorman
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:15:10 AM

REMOVE OIL/GAS FROM THE COMMODITY MARKETS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HA4CNN
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:14:36 AM

What a surprise.
fenster66
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:13:29 AM

all I know is that speculation is alive and well.....
rap12MA
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:11:15 AM

Speculators should be monitored and caps should be put in place.They have free rein which results in huge flucuations of prices at the pump.Between them and the refineries,I don't know who is screwing us more.
tml721
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:10:39 AM

NO they don't, Its the stupidity in the house house which causes it.
TBONE3
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:10:22 AM

Any solution to the pricing problem at this time? If so, lets hear it.
pa79th
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:06:01 AM

That's sure to drive the prices up! Haven't seen anything yet that drives them down.
AKmailman
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:05:39 AM

What conspiracy ? It's a fact
Gas Thirsty
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:04:00 AM

The speculators are only part of the problem.
gasaholicNC
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:03:41 AM

There All In for The Money...
streetcars
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:03:31 AM

Take gasoline off the market, they get to gamble with the crude oil as it is.
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:03:03 AM

That's right
annettemendieta
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 1:00:25 AM

Another reason to raise gas prices.
comprof
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:59:54 AM

Speculators are convenient to blame. How about taxes, Politics, world turmoil, supply interruption and/or irregularities?"
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:58:49 AM

of course they are! Silly question!
The article is a bunch of HOOEY!
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:58:33 AM

Absolutely
rippinusoff
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:58:07 AM

yes
DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:54:20 AM

I read both pages of this article and it makes no sense. It is just a lot of hand waving. Yes the speculators and market manipulators are causing an increase in prices. This is a bubble just like the housing bubble and the dot com bubble and it will burst.
jrschl
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:48:53 AM

They are a great influence, but not the only one.
Glock26
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:47:47 AM

No dout about it!!!
tspaldi
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:44:43 AM

Just set it so that the speculators must take delivery before they can resale the oil. Then watch the prices drop!
probedude2
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:42:11 AM

I thought it was the refineries who were making the money this time
Buddy2264
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:41:11 AM

We questioned the prices and supply and now the prices seem to be going back down.
dougtaylor1
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:40:13 AM

They are making money at it or they would not be doing it. Them making money ends up costing us at the pump. Who else pays for it. Are there enough fools loosing money at the trading game that they are paying for the winners. I don't think so. We just end up buying from the commodity traders.
LQQKGAS
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:39:34 AM


10K:
It is called Armageddon, in Revelations.
Bigwaynef
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:39:16 AM

It's Bush's fault, OOhh-bamass says!
JMW1942
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:36:05 AM

Yes to speculators.
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:34:25 AM

They do not have to take delivery because they sell the option before it comes due. Blame it on cheap money.
grt197
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:33:27 AM

yes
southrob
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:32:47 AM

dhan
Mowerman08
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:32:27 AM

The market is up today watch crude go up rapidly.
10k
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:28:39 AM

big oil, speculators, and pure ol' greed-gimme, gimme..

but one day the house of cards will fall down, go boom !!..
rawdog1313
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:28:21 AM

YES!!!
bikechuck
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:25:32 AM

Ok, just the cost of exploration, recovery, refining, and delivery, all the while jumping through hoops of the EPA. So while some will make profits, others will lose. It is what it is.
BobD2009
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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2013 12:24:39 AM

I blame the government much more than speculators.
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