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2011's Hottest Commodities... So Far

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, affecting equities and indexes particularly exposed to fluctuating commodity prices.

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. Click ahead to learn the hottest commodities of the first quarter of 2011!

By Giovanny Moreano
Posted 30 Mar 2011

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