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Commodity trading limited

Agriculture companies and others that buy futures contracts to guard against sharp price swings are exempt from the new rule. Agriculture companies and others that buy futures contracts to guard against sharp price swings are exempt from the new rule. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)
By Marcy Gordon
Associated Press / October 19, 2011

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Trading in commodities futures will be capped under a federal rule adopted Tuesday that seeks to clamp down on speculative trades, which some have blamed for driving up food and gas prices in the past year. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission voted 3-2 to approve the rule, which doesn’t take effect until 2012. It was required under the financial regulatory overhaul.

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