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Copper Rise; Corn, Soybeans, Sugar Tumble

January 12, 2010 at 0:59 by Vladimir Vyun

Copper gained in New York and London after imports of the industrial metal into China rose for a second month and the dollar fell. Shipments of copper into China increased to 369,400 tons in December. March futures for copper delivery gained $0.0405 (1.2 percent) to $3.441 per pound on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. Delivery for copper in three months rose $106.50 (1.4 percent) to $7,567.50 a ton ($3.43 a pound) on LME.

Corn futures slid and soybeans declined on speculation that demand for supplies from the U.S. will decline as rains will increase crop yields in Argentina and Brazil. Rainfall will aid crops in Brazil in the next 10 days and will increase soil moisture for developing corn and soybeans in the next two days in Argentina. March futures for corn delivery declined $0.005 to $4.225 per bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. March futures for soybean delivery slid $0.115 (1.1 percent) to $10.105 per bushel in Chicago.

Sugar tumbled to the lowest in nine weeks after speculators increased sales as prices last week reached the record in almost 29 years. Hedge-fund managers and other speculators boosted net-long positions by 25 percent in the last six weeks. March futures for raw-sugar delivery dropped $0.0078 (2.8 percent) to $0.2675 per pound on ICE.

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