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Drumbeat: July 27, 2013

A decision by JPMorgan & Chase Co. to exit its physical commodities business would temporarily reduce market liquidity before other companies quickly take its place, according to analysts and traders. New York-based JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, said yesterday that it’s “pursuing strategic alternatives,” including the sale or spinoff of its commodities business, after an internal review. The statement came three days after a congressional hearing investigated whether deposit-taking banks should be allowed to trade raw materials such as oil and industrial metals. JPMorgan owns and trades financial and physical commodities including crude oil, natural gas and power, and describes itself as “one of the world’s leading energy market makers.” The bank may be the first to exit physical commodities, though others may follow if regulations are changed, as suggested by Senator S...

Full article: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/10116

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