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rsmith6621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:22 AM
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CFTC charges Optiver with oil-market manipulation
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Thursday charged global trading fund Optiver Holding BV with manipulating the NYMEX oil market in March 2007.

The complaint charged that three employees made about $1 million through manipulation of crude oil, gasoline and heating oil futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


According to the complaint, the employees carried out a manipulative scheme known as "banging" or "marking"' the close.

Read more: http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/080724/cftc_oil.html?.v=1
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 11:49 AM
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1. And guess what.
It is doubtful they are the only ones.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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2. Government uncovers oil price manipulation
Source: biz.yahoo.com


CNNMoney.com

Thursday July 24, 11:56 am ET
By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMoney.com staff writer

The government charged an oil trading firm Thursday with manipulating oil prices, the first indictment to come down since the regulators began a new investigation into wrongdoings in the energy markets.


The Commodity Futures Trading Commission charged Optiver Holding, two of its subsidiaries, and three employees, with manipulation and attempted manipulation of crude oil, heating oil and gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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"Optiver traders amassed large trading positions, then conducted trades in such a way to bully and hammer the markets," CFTC Acting Chairman Walt Lukken said at a press conference. "These charges go to the heart of the CFTC's core mission of detecting and rooting out illegal manipulation of the markets."
--snip--

Read more: http://biz.yahoo.com/cnnm/080724/072408_cftc.html



Stay tuned folks. More at 11.
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spooked911 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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3. I bet there is a lot more where that came from
I hope they keep investigating
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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4. But, but, didn't the CFTC just annouce that oil prices were due to supply and demand and not
Edited on Thu Jul-24-08 11:43 AM by sinkingfeeling
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pampango Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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7. Probably a combination of supply/demand and speculation issues.
The "peak oil" crowd would probably say that it is 90% supply/demand, "everything is rigged" crowd would probably say that it is 90% speculation.

Who knows what the actual percentages are. My guess is that supply/demand got the oil price rise started, then speculators saw a bubble in the making and got on board. They see the bubble popping now and will probably make money now by betting that the price of oil will continue to fall.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 01:34 PM
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12. Actually, the peak oil crowd would say that volatility is predicted by the models
and that speculation and currency fluctuations are inevitable as traders realize that output won't significantly increase.
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WriteDown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 01:57 PM
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13. Very reasoned post....
I think it is a mixture of the two.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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5. Quelle surprise
Pardon my French.
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boomerbust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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6. Breaking
NY ag files suit against UBS.
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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8. Sherlock Freakin' Holmes!
Nothing gets by these guys. Next up! Halliburton might be engaging in profiteering on the Iraq occupation
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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11. Really. Who knew?
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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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9. Gee, Ya THINK?
How many MORE are there out there?



Laura
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:56 PM
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10. Putin used the organs of government to crush the oil "oligarchs" & hence destroy his rivals to power
Is this a corollary?
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 03:49 PM
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14. Traders manipulated oil prices - U.S.
Source: CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The government charged an oil trading firm Thursday with manipulating oil prices in the first complaint to be announced since the regulators began a new investigation into wrongdoings in the energy markets.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission accused Optiver Holding, two of its subsidiaries and three employees with manipulation and attempted manipulation of crude oil, heating oil and gasoline futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

"Optiver traders amassed large trading positions, then conducted trades in such a way to bully and hammer the markets," CFTC Acting Chairman Walt Lukken said at a press conference. "These charges go to the heart of the CFTC's core mission of detecting and rooting out illegal manipulation of the markets."

In May, under the backdrop of record oil prices and calls from legislators to crack down on speculative oil trading and market manipulation, the CFTC announced a wide-ranging probe into oil price manipulation. The agency says it has dozens of investigations ongoing.

The complaint filed Thursday names Bastiaan van Kempen, chief executive; Christopher Dowson, a head trader; and Randal Meijer, head of trading at an Optiver subsidiary.



Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/24/markets/cftc/index.htm?...
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