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Corn Jumps on South American Weather, Oil Drops on European Troubles

December 29, 2011 at 0:19 by Vladimir Vyun

Corn jumped today in the longest rally this year on concerns about dry weather in South America. Commodity Weather Group predicted that about 50 percent of the crops in Argentina will be dry in the next 10 days and about a third of Brazil’s crops will also suffer from drought. Corn advanced from $6.3200 to $6.4125 per bushel today as of 23:32 GMT on CBoT and reached $6.4625 earlier — the highest price since November 16.

Oil declined as concerns about the European debt crisis intensified. The European Central Bank boosted lending to banks of the eurozone, spurring speculation that the European financial system is failing. February futures for crude oil delivery dropped $1.98 to $99.36 per barrel on NYMEX. Brent crude declined from $109.06 to 107.41 per barrel today on ICE after falling earlier to $106.77.

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