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Crude Oil Futures Advance

Precious metals are falling.
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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.