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Speculators draw fire for U.S. gas prices

UPI -- Speculation in commodities markets is in part to blame for the steady rise in U.S. gasoline prices, a petroleum trade group official said.

Motor group AAA reports U.S. drivers paid, on average, $3.75 for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline Tuesday, up 15 cents compared to the same time last week.

A series of refinery outages, a switch to more expensive summer blends of gasoline and higher oil prices are also behind the price increase.

Mark Griffin, president of the Michigan Petroleum Association, told the Detroit Free Press that spring price fluctuations are normal but usually not this early.

"This year it seems to be a couple of weeks early," he said. "And what drives most of it is speculation; the oil markets start speculating that the demand is going to come and that drives (price


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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2013 1:29:32 AM

The whole industry is screwed up.
SUV2009
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:39:21 PM

Blame who you want still no change here.
briinnc
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 3:05:46 PM

Tax the hell out of them.
NightRider
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:01:28 PM

OK, ...... http://nextnewsnetwork.com/
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:58:50 PM

Ok
honkerman
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:46:24 PM

Require delivery of contracts instead of allowing them to be rolled over. That will solve the problem while still allowing legit users to fulfill their needs.
Radicalrose
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:44:57 PM

I agree with Mickey, take it away from Wall Street and Speculators!!!!!!!
g747
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:44:15 PM

Please revert to my previous statements!!!!!!!.
tarheelcoastie
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:39:52 PM

Surprised someone hasn't developed a bounty system for oil and gas speculators???
wulf2000
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:39:31 PM

More hot air from politicians.

Markey said he will attempt to keep speculators away from oil.

How is goign to do this?
elcid1300
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:37:21 PM

Another reason to raise gas prices.
tomok
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:34:35 PM

Speculators draw fire for U.S. gas prices and they should draw fire for raising the price of fuel at the pump for no other reason then to line their big bottomless pockets with money at the expense of the consumer. Fuel prices should be cheaper so the economy can recover just a little bit faster.
'Coming out of the closet' Sneeky's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the jobs are Not here. Sneeky's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down! NO More spending gone wild, there has to be a limit! Four more long years before this country's economy will begin to recover.
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!
TSgtCarverRetired
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:31:11 PM

Looks like this is the problem: Non-commercial financial speculators now dominate 70 percent of the market. The trading is dominated by Wall Street banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions that have no intention to take delivery of the oil needed to make gasoline.
bluetruck54
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:27:03 PM

the commidities markets are in a world of themselves.....the common
consumer has no choice in the matter.

as to spring fluctuations being normal: annual excuse because they are
allowed to do so.
suportoffroad00
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:26:32 PM

3.84 per gallon here in Northern WI and I am sure will go up again on Thursday because it can.
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:22:50 PM

I'd speculate that we should remove all speculators from the oil markets. Oil should be purchased DIRECTLY and not through Wall Street.
DancingDee
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:21:59 PM

As expected!!!
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Marvelous
njerald
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:21:10 PM

Speculation is good..........
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:18:08 PM

Hang the speculator vermin.
pliskin
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:15:21 PM

And well they should draw heavy fire for continuing to play their silly game on the World's stage! I only hurts the people of the world with their constant daily chess game!
Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:10:25 PM

I'm feeling pretty much the same as lkozark
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:09:27 PM

They "Draw Fire", does that mean someone is shooting at them? This is good news.
lkozark
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:08:23 PM

Pig-Oil and Speculators are in control and no one will challenge them on behalf of the consumers. Until alternative solutions are available we are their slaves.
condé
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:02:50 PM

I wait for the market to crash!!
bmxstud
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:02:40 PM

no kid
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:01:41 PM

Gas prices are too high.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:59:49 PM

speculators say thge price will go upsays, OK the people know about it so it's OK to raise them now.
calripken_8
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:59:47 PM

I agree with the below:

"Just a bunch of lame excuses. Why wasn't the Fed printing money part of the problem?"
Ken825
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:59:07 PM

Just a bunch of lame excuses. Why wasn't the Fed printing money part of the problem?
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:58:56 PM

Suzmar---- "make them take delivery" lolol
suzmar
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:56:37 PM

Speculators are always part of the problem, make them take delivery!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:55:15 PM

Speculators are the problem!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:50:51 PM

"SPECULATORS" AGAIN!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:50:19 PM


" Speculation in commodities markets is in part to blame for the steady rise in U.S. gasoline prices, a petroleum trade group official said."

Something has to be done about the SPECULATORS that manipulate the price of oil and gasoline.

hallows
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:49:54 PM

Right on, pulpwood!
DeeLA
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:48:54 PM

This is not a new article. It is yesterday's.
pulpwood
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:47:34 PM

Big oil owns us all and will do as they please.
mustangdaver
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:46:54 PM

no kidding
yonasb
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:46:51 PM

crazy world
zudo
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:46:17 PM

"A series of refinery outages, a switch to more expensive summer blends of gasoline and higher oil prices are also behind the price increase."

But people who see these events are greedy for betting that future gas prices will be higher. Tail wags dog, huh?
250FORD
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:45:30 PM

Get speculators out of commodities today and energy and food drops like a rock.
juttuniemi
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:44:19 PM

Speculators again!
NightRider
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:42:07 PM

http://nextnewsnetwork.com/
ramammoth
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:40:11 PM

How is this President Obama's fault?

Americans love their freedom. Freedom doesn't equal cheap gasoline.
AcuraTSX
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:39:09 PM

Those "evil" speculators are such an easy target.
A switch to more expensive summer blends just not a good target to draw fire.
JoeKR
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:38:51 PM

"...a switch to more expensive summer blends..."

Tell us, UPI, what refineries are blending summer gas is February?
redtruckaz
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:36:43 PM

How's VOTE FOR CHANGE WORKING FOR YOU NOW??????????
paoli8
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:36:18 PM

Like prostitutes, there will always be speculators
indrix
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:34:19 PM

I wonder how much more consumers can put up with this situation. Hasn't the boiling point reached yet?
nerde
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:30:38 PM

The "speculators" are too big to jail. Ask your representatives if they're tough on crime or not!
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