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Crude Oil Futures Advance

Precious metals are falling.

Energy futures were mostly stronger Tuesday in New York, while precious metals prices were on the decline.

Crude for June delivery was gaining 66 cents to $62.13 a barrel. Heating oil was up 3 cents at $1.83 a gallon, and reformulated gasoline was fractionally higher at $2.19 a gallon.

Natural gas didn't take part in the rally, slipping 11 cents to $7.67 per million British thermal units.

Gold was losing $2.50 to $687.90 an ounce, and silver was declining 4 cents to $13.61 an ounce. Copper tacked on 1 cent to $3.73 a pound.

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Cocoa, coffee and frozen concentrated orange juice were advancing. Sugar and cotton fell. In Chicago, corn, wheat and oats were weaker, but ethanol edged ahead.

The CRB Index was up two-tenths of a point to 309.12.