06/19/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Commodities Futures Trading Commission To Investigate Who's Driving Up Oil Prices

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The Commodities Futures Trading Commission said Tuesday that it is establishing a task force to study the role of speculators and index traders in commodities that will include representatives of the Federal Reserve, the Securities Exchange Commission and other agencies.

The announcement comes as the futures regulator furthers its investigation into whether financial investors are driving up the price of oil and other commodities, and if so, by how much. The task force also will include staff representatives of the Treasury Department, the Agriculture Department and the Energy Department.

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