Increased oil prices are hitting consumers at the gas pump and will help drive up winter home heating bills. AAA said the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has reached $2.70, a 67% increase from the same time last year. Meanwhile, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is set to meet next week to consider trading limits for energy speculators, a leading priority for commission Chairman Gary Gensler. The CFTC likely will propose "generous" limits as it strives to avoid disrupting futures markets, sources said.
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