Hedge funds beat a retreat on positions in commodities

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Hedge funds beat a retreat on positions in commodities

Hedge funds reduced their bets on a commodity rally by the most since 2008 as rising supplies of everything from copper to sugar and slowing U.S. growth drove prices to their biggest slump in six months.

Speculators cut net-long positions across 18 U.S. futures and options by 31 percent to 468,780 contracts in the week ended April 2, the most since October 2008, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show. Investors are betting on a decline in silver for the first time and have record bearish positions in copper and sugar. Corn wagers dropped the most since June 2010, leading the biggest-ever decline in agricultural holdings. Bloomberg

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