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Best and Worst Commodities of 2011

Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about gold, crude oil or cocoa?

Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months, while others not so much. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, was down about 7 percent in 2011.

In 2010, the CRB index rose by 15 percent compared with a 13 percent gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecting equities and indexes particularly exposed to fluctuating commodity prices.

CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities in the CRB index for this year, based on the closing prices on Dec. 28.

By Giovanny Moreano
Posted 30 December 2011