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Spike in gasoline prices points to speculators

The Salt Lake Tribune -- Like locusts ravaging fertile crops, gasoline prices are soaring again and eating away at the purchasing power of ordinary Americans. And again, financial speculators appear to be a big part of the story.

The national average pump price hit $3.74 for a gallon of unleaded gasoline Tuesday, up a sharp 44 cents per gallon from just a month ago, according to the AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. In Utah, the average was $3.39, up 53 cents from a month ago.


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BM4225
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:18:42 AM

Don't forget we need more corn for Ethanol because the content must now be 15% because it is in writing, and we can not be reasonable to cut it back to use it for food.
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slowtrain
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:46:29 PM

Make them pay $1000 per gallon.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:39:54 PM

Choot em!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:38:28 PM

Does not matter we cannot do anything about it.
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 2:15:21 PM

A spike in prices points to market conditions that warrant the higher prices. Change the market conditions and prices will fall as usual. Obama is in control of these market conditions that increase prices.



[Edited by: Alaydown at 2/20/2013 5:17:13 PM EST]
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briinnc
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Politicians don't care,, until someone starts rattling the pig trough.
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nigelb
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:57:31 PM

mrmike75 - Good idea but the House RepubliTWITS and Tea Tards would oppose any attempt to regulate gas prices. 75% of Big Oil political contributions go to RepubliTWITS so they have been bought and paid for!

The speculators must be regulated. Raise the margin requirement and make them take delivery on their contracts. Sadly, the pinhead Republicans idiots will oppose any regulation, just as they opposed regulating Wall Street and the banks after the financial collapse. The GOP has the interest of big business and the very wealthy (read big contributors) at heart, not those of the middle class. Vote them out in 2014!
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TheThorn
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:52:39 PM

speculators APPEAR - sorry but duuuuhh
heard some chatter about making speculators take delivery on their purchases. bet that would would fix the prob real fast
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mrmike75
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:47:57 PM

Why don't the feds regulate gas prices and put a cap on them to stimulate the economy....
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:41:38 PM

Some people just don't catch on very fast.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:40:35 PM

I have been saying this for weeks and the Salt Lake Tribune is only now figuring this out. Great reporting skills there.
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regasaz
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:40:15 PM

I keep waiting for Obama to blame these increases on "Bush" - we all know that Obama is not reponsible for anything.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:37:46 PM

you don't say
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BIGREDNM
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:36:55 PM

More like pure greed.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:36:51 PM

Screw the consumer
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:29:47 PM

THANKS TO OBAMA AND THE OIL CO's........OBAMA HAS DONE NOTHING ABOUT THE OIL COs FOR 4 1/2 YRS NOW......OBAMA IS FULL OF IT.......
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:29:41 PM

And this surprises who????
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:27:01 PM

Thanks for posting this article!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:26:00 PM

why don't they have controls to curb the spikes, they do on the stock exchange
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:25:36 PM

We have $4.59 regular gas in chicago now and
We all are resposible,and if we keep buying gas at the higher price they will continue to raise the price..forcing some to switch to buying electric cars,which would make oil lose some profits and therefore raise the price of gas even higher and higher forcing more people to buy more alternative fueled cars (CNG,Hybryd,Electric) therfore creating more jobs.... yeah right. just a thought LOL
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:23:46 PM

nationalize the oil in Iran,Iraq, saudi Arabia
lave Qatar alone
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:23:18 PM

That's what it usually is.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:22:49 PM

When they lose their shirts the government will bail them out.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:20:03 PM

Of course it has nothing to do with Obama policies
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:19:54 PM

The worst
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:18:29 PM

Another slow news day...
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:17:33 PM

A spike in prices points to market conditions that warrant the higher prices. Change the market conditions and prices will fall as usual.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:14:14 PM

Just wish gas prices would stay under $4!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:13:44 PM

thin margins enable speculators; build more refineries to hinder them
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:12:14 PM

hedge funds
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:12:08 PM

People who whine about "speculators" don't seem to grasp marketing or wall street or how marketing products work. Gasoline is like cattle on the hoof, a commodity. People have traded commodities for centuries without ever laying a hand on the item traded. It may be a strange action to some, but it still works in the best economic system every invented.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:11:19 PM

speculators ARE EVIL
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:08:31 PM

We would be better off without speculators.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:06:55 PM

As an explanation for higher gasoline prices this early in the year, speculation makes a whole lot of sense, unlike news stories about "refinery changeover," which doesn't happen in February.

GTH
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 1:04:26 PM

So what's new? Major fuel suppliers should be regulated, as other necessary public utilities are. That would assure reasonable profits but prevent speculation, disruption of supplies, and assure intelligent planning for the future.

Why oh why isn't this part of the eternal discussion on energy prices, huh??
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:59:33 PM

it should be illegal
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:56:06 PM

Yes, OK. Are we like beached whales? Is there something that can reasonably be done?
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:55:22 PM

AMEN, NASCAR9, end of speculation!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:54:25 PM

Many of us have been blaming the speculators for years. As long as the problem is tied up in Court, what can we do? Take it or leave it is our only option.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:52:36 PM

I've said it before but here it is again. Make speculators take delivery of the oil before they can resell it.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:52:04 PM

Ok
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BigDartMike
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:51:29 PM

Not news, Captain obvious. Now what are wwe going to DO ABOUT IT?
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boldrph
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:51:08 PM

gas price goes up every spring. no surprise here at all
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:49:58 PM

If this is not stating the obvious I don't know what is.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:42:45 PM

Aren't you forgetting OPEC?
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:39:16 PM

I really wished they had a real dose of their own medicine;to see how it really really feels. But only the colleagues in that profession paid 50 times more what they speculate on.All of us normal folks,we pay $2 bucks less @ the current rate.Commodities traders & collegues will be paying that for 5 yrs.Deciding can I pay the mortgage, or rent,medicine,church dues,country club dues,going out to social events with their snooty associates,do I have any disposeable income to invest,savings,nest egg for the future,will my marriage ends,can I make ends meet ?;all of those insecurities that we normal folks encounter everytime they spike-up prices,to make our lives miserable;you'll develop a thing call heart;to be more caring for all americans who face the fallout from your greedy missions!!!!!!!!.
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:38:37 PM

Why am I not surprised? And tomok, you got it right - stop the exporting.
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tarheelcoastie
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:38:17 PM

Sad to say, time for gov't mandated price controls on fuel and energy products.

I bet Exxon will break their previous record for most profits ever this year!
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:37:58 PM

REQUIRE DELIVERY OF CONTRACTS! Do not allow roll overs at always higher prices, which enriches speculators at expense of economy and all consumers. It's NOT rocket science, but requires regulators to have some balls in the public interest.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2013 12:34:24 PM

Spike in gasoline prices points to speculators, manipulators, banks AND 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 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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