Gold producers and other mining stocks were mixed Tuesday, while the shares of energy and agricultural companies were falling along with the broad market.

Among individual issues,

Gold Fields

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was up 4.2% at $10.94, and


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was rising 3.7% to $7.60.

On the downside,

Rio Tinto


fell again, this time by 4.4% to $126.90, and

BHP Billiton

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was off 3.5% at $45.89.

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Mining-equipment companies

Joy Global



Bucyrus International


gave up ground. Joy dropped 6.7% to $22.40, and Bucyrus was weaker by 3.7% at $16.88.

As for energy stocks,


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was one of the worst decliners, falling 4.9% to $62.70.


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declined 4.7% to $16.20.

National Oilwell Varco

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Anadarko Petroleum

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also lost more than 4% each.

Most integrated majors such as

Exxon Mobil

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were down, but the losses tended to be in the 2% to 3% range.

Agricultural stocks were also sluggish, led by an 11% selloff in oilseeds and corn processor

Archer Daniels Midland

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to $25.54. The move came after Citigroup downgraded the shares to sell. Fertilizer firm

Intrepid Potash

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was falling 6.3% to $19.06, and agribusiness concern



was losing 5.5% to $36.65.

Exchange-traded funds were generally dropping, as well. The

Market Vectors Agribusiness

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was losing 3.2% to $28.93, and the

U.S. Oil

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was surrendering 3.9% to $29.05. The

Gold Shares

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fund, however, was up 1.9% to $86.87.

As for the commodities themselves, gold prices rallied to get back above $880 an ounce in New York, while crude oil was taken down below $50 a barrel. Ag contracts were mixed. Sugar, cotton, cocoa and frozen concentrated orange juice advanced, but corn, wheat and soybeans retreated.

Lean hogs were stronger, and cattle edged lower. The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index gave back 1.45 points to 223.08. Ratings, recently cited for Best Stock Selection from October 2007 through February 2009 , is an independent research provider that combines fundamental and technical analysis to offer investors tremendous value in volatile times. To see how your portfolio can use this research, click here now!