Producers of metals and other raw materials rose slightly, as traders hedged their bets on the outlook for global economic activity and inflation.
The prospects of a hit to global economic demand from the omicron variant of Covid 19 had a muted impact on metals prices.
"Soft" commodity futures such as cocoa and coffee futures fell, however.
Gold futures continued their retreat in the face of a strong dollar.
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