Platts, the price publisher being examined as part of an international probe into oil-price manipulation, is raising concerns that over-regulation could hurt commodities pricing by reducing transparency. "Commodity-price discovery depends on the voluntary participation of traders, producers and other market players," the company said. "Regulation could have the inadvertent consequence of inhibiting participation in the price-assessment process which would, in turn, decrease transparency, thus having the opposite effect of regulators' intentions."

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