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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


was up 4.2% at $10.94, and



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


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,



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



declined 4.7% to $16.20.

National Oilwell Varco



Anadarko Petroleum


also lost more than 4% each.

Most integrated majors such as

Exxon Mobil





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


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

Intrepid Potash


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


was losing 3.2% to $28.93, and the

U.S. Oil


was surrendering 3.9% to $29.05. The

Gold Shares


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.

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