Cocoa Caps Longest Rally in 11 Years: Commodities at Close

The Standard & Poor’s GSCI gauge of 24 commodities rose 0.1 percent to 621.69 at 2:50 p.m. in New York. The UBS Bloomberg CMCI index of raw materials gained 0.2% to 1,436.023.


Cocoa prices rose the fifth straight month, the longest rally in 11 years, as inventories monitored by ICE Futures U.S. fell to the lowest since June 2011. * Cocoa rose 0.8% to $2,788/t on ICE * Raw sugar fell 0.4% to 17.15c/lb * Cotton gained 1.2% to 79.35c/lb * Orange juice increased 0.5% to $1.397/lb * Arabica coffee advanced 2.5% to $1.1085/lb

Soft commodities markets: NI SOMKTS


Soybean futures rose, capping the first monthly gain since August, as exports surged from the U.S., the world’s second-biggest shipper. * Soybeans rose 1.3% to $13.365/bu on CBOT * Wheat climbed 0.8% to $6.6875/bu * Corn fell 0.5% to $4.245/bu

Grains markets: NI GRMKTS


Brent crude fell for a second day, reducing its premium over West Texas Intermediate futures as the euro slid against the dollar. * Brent decreased 1.1% to $109.69/bbl on ICE * WTI rose 0.5% to $92.72/bbl on the Nymex

Oil markets: NI OILMARKET


Gasoline futures fell, capping the first weekly decline in four weeks, as inventories rose after refineries returned to service following seasonal maintenance. * Gasoline dropped 0.5% to $2.6841/gal on Nymex * Ultra low sulfur diesel gained 0.09 cent to $3.0478/gal

Gasoline and diesel markets: NI OPFMKT


Natural gas jumped to a five-month high in New York, capping its largest monthly gain since March, on forecasts for colder weather that would spur demand for heating homes and businesses. * U.S. natural gas rose 1.5% to $3.954/mmbtu on Nymex

Natural gas market: NI GASMARKET


Gold futures rose in New York amid signs of increased demand for bars, jewelry and coins in China, the world’s second-biggest buyer. * Gold rose 1% to $1,250.40/oz on Comex * Silver gained 1.8% to $20.033/oz * Platinum climbed 1.2% to $1.368.80/oz on Nymex * Palladium rose 0.5% to $719.65/oz

Precious metal markets: NI PCMKTS


Copper rose in New York amid the outlook for increasing demand in China, the world’s biggest consumer of the metal. * Copper climbed 0.5% to $3.205/lb on Comex * Aluminum, nickel, tin, lead and zinc rose on the LME

Base metals markets: NI BMMKTS


Cattle futures capped the longest rally in two months on speculation that U.S. beef demand is improving, encouraging meatpackers to buy more animals for slaughter. * Cattle futures advanced 0.1% to $1.3425/lb * Feeder-cattle gained 0.1% to $1.65475/lb * Hogs rose 0.1% to 90.575c/lb

Livestock markets: NI LVMKTS

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