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How major commodities performed in 2012

Last updated on: January 4, 2013 08:24 IST

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Although gold saw a good run in stock markets around the world, it wasn't the only commodity that performed well.

Let's take a look at how some of the major commodities performed in 2012, according to Oppenheimer.

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Soybean

Performance in 2012: 18.38 per cent up

Overall rank: 1

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Natural gas

Performance in 2012: 12.11 per cent up

Overall rank: 2

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Silver

Performance in 2012: 8.24 per cent up

Overall rank: 3

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Corn

Performance in 2012: 8.00 per cent up

Overall rank: 4

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Gold

Performance in 2012: 6.96 per cent up

Overall rank: 5

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Cocoa

Performance in 2012: 6.02 per cent up

Overall rank: 6

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Wheat

Performance in 2012: 5.99 per cent up

Overall rank: 7

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Live cattle

Performance in 2012: 5.70 per cent up

Overall rank: 8

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Petrol

Performance in 2012: 4.68 per cent up

Overall rank: 9

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Copper

Performance in 2012: 4.36 per cent up

Overall rank: 10

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Heating oil

Performance in 2012: 3.75 per cent up

Overall rank: 11

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Aluminium

Performance in 2012: 2.62 per cent up

Overall rank: 12

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Lean hogs

Performance in 2012: 1.69 per cent up

Overall rank: 13

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WTI Crude

Performance in 2012: 7.09 per cent down

Overall rank: 14

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Nickel

Performance in 2012: 8.82 per cent down

Overall rank: 15

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Sugar

Performance in 2012: 16.27 per cent down

Overall rank: 16

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Cotton

Performance in 2012: 18.15 per cent down

Overall rank: 17

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Orange juice

Performance in 2012: 29.12 per cent down

Overall rank: 18

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Coffee

Performance in 2012: 36.62 per cent down

Overall rank: 19


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