Ethanol and oil markets

Sure, ethanol has been receiving a great deal of attention since President George W. Bush’s state of the union speech in January. But he was talking about cellulosic ethanol, which is not yet in commercial production.Already, thanks to a longstanding tax credit and the renewable fuels mandate in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, billions of dollars are flowing into construction of plants that produce ethanol from grain, as a few large companies and many small ones rapidly add US production capacity.A report released Mar. 27 by Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co. Inc. (FBR) asserts that not only will mandated demand for ethanol rise in the next few years but also prices will remain str...

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