Aluminium prices up 30%

Financial journalist Bernard Hickey from interest.co.nz has blogged about the how the price of aluminium has risen 30% this year:

Here’s another commodity market that is rapidly heating up: aluminium. This is good news for Rio Tinto and the people at Bluff, although it may help keep the pressure up on power prices. The [Financial Times] has a nice piece here explaining why aluminium prices have risen 30% this year. However, the fundamentals are not brilliant and people are wondering if it’s another speculative driven squeeze up. Something tells me a vampire squid is making money out of this.

CLICK HERE to read the FT’s story.

U.S. Senator takes aim at commodity index traders

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network has a brief story about U.S. Senator Susan Collins telling the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chair Gary Gensler that index traders are distorting markets for wheat, oil and other commodities.

Collins has introduced the Commodity Speculation Reform Act, which would limit the number of contracts that non-commercial investors could hold in any one commodity market. READ HERE.