Federal regulators are investigating whether rocketing oil prices are being driven up by speculators manipulating futures markets, reports the Wall Street Journal. The nationwide probe involves several separate investigations. Authorities suspect that a widely used price reporting system may be artificially influenced and that some oil storage facilities may be falsely reporting supplies.
"It's important that people who are paying high gas prices understand the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is on the case," said a commodities commissioner. "We're deeply investigating any potential abuse. The next important step for us is to slice and dice and beat up the data." (Read more oil price stories.)