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News accounts for just 1/3 of commodity price moves-study

Posted on 22 March 2013

Only about a third of commodity price moves are caused by news, reflecting the growing role of high-frequency trading in steering prices, according to a study selected by the International Monetary Fund. The study, co-written by researchers at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and ETH Zurich, may spur regulators who blame traders for price volatility.
High frequency trading involves rapid-fire computers which place thousands of bets within the space of a second. “At least 60-70 percent of commodity price changes are now due to self-generated activities rather than novel information,” according to the 56-page study published this week………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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