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Natural gas futures rise 5 percent; Oil edges down


Natural gas futures are sharply higher, while the price of crude oil is back under $100 a barrel.

Gold prices ended slightly higher, but other metals were mixed. Agricultural futures were also mixed.

Natural gas jumped 25 cents, or 5 percent, to $4.82 per 1,000 cubic feet.

U.S. crude for March delivery fell 12 cents to $99.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, oil closed above $100 a barrel for the first time since Dec. 27.

The April gold contract rose $15.10, or 1 percent, to $1,289.80 an ounce.

Corn prices fell slightly. Wheat and soybean futures rose.


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