CFTC quietly amassing data on natural gas swaps

Special calls sent to many energy firms over past 12 months

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Dozens of US energy companies have been quietly contacted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) over the past 12 months and ordered to hand over information about their swap trading activities, primarily in natural gas, prompting surprise and confusion as they try to respond to the unexpected queries, say lawyers. The secretive sweep, which is being conducted by the CFTC under its authority to issue ‘special calls’ to companies that trade certain energy, metals or agr