Automated Oil Markups & Speculation

Trader Anthony Grisanti claims that market consolidation and electronic trading have driven up the price of oil and taken the power out of the hands of the traditional pit trader.

Gone from the building are the traders who dealt in silver, gold, orange juice, cotton, cocoa and sugar. The change has not been for the better, says pit trader Anthony Grisanti. "The market can be easily manipulated. The transparency level has gone right down—black boxes control the market now." Hedge funds and big banks such as Goldman Sachs pile in and out in fractions of a second; speculation is at an all-time high and prices have never been so volatile, he says. According to Grisanti, the market is now full of "icebergs"—trades that appear small on the surface but turn out to be huge on close inspection. Prices are driven up by wild speculation and there appears to be no accountability, he says.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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