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Hot Commodities

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, and the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is at a two-year high.

The index has outperformed the S&P 500 in 2010, while several individual commodities have greatly outperformed the broader market year-to-date, affecting equities and indexes that are particularly exposed to fluctuating commodity prices.

We took a look at the commodities in the index, and calculated the ones with the best YTD performance based on the closing price on Oct. 14, 2010. Click ahead to find out.

By Giovanny Moreano
Posted Oct. 15, 2010