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Mixed Day for Commodities

Oil futures edge lower.

Oil prices were creeping lower Wednesday ahead of the government's latest weekly report on crude inventories.

Near-month crude futures were lately down 21 cents to $58.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Natural gas was up 5 cents to $7.42 per million British thermal units.

Heating oil slipped 2 cents to $1.68 a gallon, and gasoline was fractionally softer at $1.60 a gallon.

As for metals, gold was up $3.50 at $672 an ounce. Silver rose 5 cents to $13.96 an ounce. Copper was down 1 cent to $2.57 a pound.

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