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Best Commodity

Live cattle takes the prize as the best commodity, up 21 percent in 2011, as it was the best performer on the CRB index of 19 commodities. Heating oil takes second place, with a gain of 14 percent, followed by gold, up 12 percent.

Last year’s best-performing commodity, cotton, which saw a jump of 92 percent, it is now the worst, down 39 percent in 2011.

Photo: AP