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Wheat Falls, Cocoa & Gold Advance

February 12, 2010 at 0:00 by Vladimir Vyun

Wheat tumbled to a weekly low after U.S. producers increased sales of grain after a price rally. Earlier wheat slid on declining demand for inventories from the U.S. and growing global stockpiles. March futures for wheat delivery slid $0.075 (1.5 percent) to $4.8925 per bushel by 10:30 on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Cocoa advanced to the highest in five weeks in New York on speculation that global consumption may exceed world output. Holidays, like Valentine’s Day, create more demand for the chocolate ingredient. May futures for cocoa delivery added $58 (1.9 percent) to $3,098 per ton at 11:20 on ICE.

Gold rose to a weekly high in New York as economic recovery spurred appeal of commodities as an alternative investment. Demand for the precious metal as a safe haven was also boosted after the European Union meeting hadn’t provide details about helping Greece with its debt crisis. April futures for gold delivery rose $18.50 (1.7 percent) to $1,094.80 per ounce as of 11:50 on NYMEX.

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