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Brent oil hits six-month high, gold up on Syria tension

Copper prices fell slightly as signs of stabilization in China, a major importer of the metal, were offset by worries over the potential tapering of the U.S. stimulus program.

Corn and soybean futures slipped as forecasts for wetter-than-expected weather in U.S. Midwest crop areas prompted profit-taking on gains made in the two previous sessions. Raw sugar was weighed down by increased cane crushing in top grower Brazil, and arabica coffee neared a four-year low.

The 19-commodity Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB index settled up 0.6 percent as higher oil, gasoline and precious metals prices outweighed losses in grains and other crops.