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  • The 10 Hottest Commodities of 2011 Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 12:25 PM ET
    Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.

  • Growing Alternatives to Pricey Cotton Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
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    As cotton prices surge, companies are trying harder to duplicate the feel of the commodity with cheaper, durable fabrics.

  • Will Cotton-Eye Joe Catch the Denim Blues? Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 2:46 PM ET

    The fabric of our lives may start to feel like burlap.

  • As Cotton Prices Rise, So May the Cost of Hotel Rooms Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 2:13 PM ET

    Apparel makers aren't the only ones stitching together a plan to deal with rising cotton costs. Hotel chains, including some of the world's biggest brands, are looking to pass costs on to customers as soaring commodity prices hit the bottom line.

  • Cotton Wire Story Sunday, 1 Dec 2002 | 12:00 AM ET