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Gold Retreats from Record, Sugar Falls & Soybeans Gain

July 14, 2011 at 20:19 by Vladimir Vyun

Soybeans extended the longest rally since August on concerns that adverse weather may hurt crops in the US. The National Weather Service predicted that temperatures will be 12 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for five days starting July 16 in the Midwest. November futures for delivery of soybeans added $0.02 cents (0.1 percent) to $13.8175 per bushel at 10:30 on CBoT.

Gold retreated from the record as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke today, indicating that the Fed won’t add more stimulus for the US economy. Earlier the precious metal jumped to a record as Fitch Ratings downgraded Greece’s credit rating. August futures for delivery of gold gained $4.10 (0.3 percent) to $1,589.60 as of 12:46 on COMEX after reaching the all-time high of $1,594.90 per ounce.

Sugar posted a biggest drop in eight weeks today on the forecast that production in Brazil will be bigger than previously estimated. Prices climbed 24 percent in the last month on concerns about output. October futures for delivery of raw sugar slumped as much as 0.0122 (4 percent) to $0.2902 per pound by 14:00 on ICE, posting the biggest drop since May 19. Yesterday, the price reached the highest level in five months of 0.3133 cents.

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