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Copper Tumbles on Slow Economic Recovery, Cocoa Falls

February 24, 2010 at 1:48 by Vladimir Vyun

Copper slipped today on speculation that economic rebound in the U.S. may be slow. Uncertainty in future of the U.S. economy lowered consumer confidence, causing fewer purchases. Copper prices also slid as the rebounding dollar curbed the appeal of commodities as an inflation hedge. May futures for copper delivery fell $0.094 (2.8 percent) to $3.2345 per pound on the Comex Division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Cocoa sunk to the lowest since September in New York on signals that large supplies will cut the price of the chocolate ingredient. Prices also dropped as the dollar gained 0.7 percent versus the euro. A rising dollar cut demand for some commodities as alternative assets. May futures for cocoa delivery slid $138 (4.5 percent) to $2,945 per ton on ICE.

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