Oil breaks lower; FTC investigates gas prices

Tell them to take a flying leap.

On leap day in a leap year, Washington wants the American people to leap to false conclusions. Once again the brain trust in Washington is trying to help you by wasting more of your money. It seems that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in its infinite wisdom, has opened a new investigation on whether oil producers, refiners, traders and others have manipulated petroleum prices. This of course comes after scores of other investigations and one that just ended last September where they found out those high crude prices were behind the high gas prices.

Duh! I don’t know about you, but I am tired of these worthless investigations at the expense of the taxpayers so some politician can share his outrage and try to win a few political talking points. Enough already!

Anyone who reads my daily Energy Report knows why gasoline prices are high and we do not need some politically inspired waste of paper and money telling us! The main reason is what they found in the last report and the report before that! Crude prices are up! They are up because of the risk of war. They are up because of embargoes and panic buying. They are up because around the globe paper money is being devalued. They are up because refineries have closed and they are up because of EPA regulations and the removal of the ethanol tax credit! Investigation finished and it didn't cost the tax payers — you and me — one dime!

Call your Congressperson and your Senator! Let’s quit wasting money on these investigations. The American people deserve better and we deserve the truth. We are sick of the phony outrage by some politician trying to feel our pain. We are tired of the misinformation like oil companies or speculators are to blame so the American people can’t make the correct choices at the polls to really improve the situation. Oh, perhaps that is what they wanted all along.

Oil prices opposed to taking out $110 area decided to bust as I wrote might happen on Monday. While the risk of war with Iran is still high, the New York Times article about America's intelligence on Iran’s intentions seems to be casting some doubts. Some are worrying that the US intelligence may be too complacent on Iran because of the mistakes made in Iraq. Still the talk making the rounds were the not so surprising story that Israel would not give the US warning before an attack. Military officials are worrying about a missile war between Iran and Israel that could disrupt shipping routes in the Gulf.

Still what was amazing is that oil was able to stay lower for a second day in a row even as the ECB went on a euro printing binge! With the ECB Injecting a whopping €529.5 billion into the EU banks, you can be sure that they are liquid but you can’t be sure that they are solvent.

Yet it is getting harder to ignore that based on the MasterCard Spending Pulse report that an uptick in demand and an uptick in US consumer confidence it might be hard to keep oil down for long. Yet if Iran headlines stay benign, then oil is still overpriced.

Phil Flynn is senior energy analyst for PFGBest Research and a Fox Business Network contributor. He can be reached at (800) 935-6487 or at pflynn@pfgbest.com.

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Phil Flynn

Senior energy analyst at The PRICE Futures Group and a Fox Business Network contributor. He is one of the world's leading market analysts, providing individual investors, professional traders, and institutions with up-to-the-minute investment and risk management insight into global petroleum, gasoline, and energy markets. His precise and timely forecasts have come to be in great demand by industry and media worldwide and his impressive career goes back almost three decades, gaining attention with his market calls and energetic personality as writer of The Energy Report. You can contact Phil by phone at (888) 264-5665 or by email at pflynn@pricegroup.com. Learn even more on our website at www.pricegroup.com.


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