Commodities Today: Gold rally, gasoline supplies and the politics of speculation

September 17, 2008

Gold is the fashionOn the plate today:

  • Gold prices posted their biggest one-day rise in absolute terms since 1980
  • As financial worries spread, Russia halted stock and bond trading in a response to the worst market falls since 1998.
  • ┬áThe White House may decide as soon as this afternoon whether to ask members of the International Energy Agency to release emergency gasoline and diesel fuel inventories into the U.S. market, Energy Sec. Sam Bodman tells reporters
  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called a meeting of the cabinet to back plans for a national inspection of milk products, the UK Press Association reports.

A news website devoted to American politics picks up the threads in the oil market speculation story. Politico outlines the scope of the lobbying by the airlines-to-truckers backed “Stop Oil Speculation Now Coalition” and its new sparring partner, the Wall Street-backed “Coalition to Protect Competitive Markets”.

Regulation is in the air. Politico notes that gas stations owners have put out signs calling for customers to urge Congress to “take action against speculators”

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