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Commodities Finished Mixed; Crude Ends Higher, Shy of $101; Gold Slips

Commodities finished trading mixed as crude oil futures managed a positive finish just shy of $101 a barrel, while gold futures ended down 1%.

Light, sweet crude oil for January delivery finished up 0.05% to $100.99 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil was up 0.08% to $2.99 a gallon while natural gas was down 3.43% to $3.46 per million British thermal units.

In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is down 0.1% to $38.99. The United States Natural Gas ETF ( UNG ) is down 3.54% to $7.63.

Meanwhile, gold futures finished lower as progress on solving Europe's debt crisis appeared within reach, squelching demand for bullion.

Gold for February delivery finished down 1% to $1,734.50 an ounce. In other metal futures, silver was down 1% to $32.37 a troy ounce while copper was up 0.5% to $3.60.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.07% to $78.62.

In metal ETFs, SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD ) is down 1.28% to $167.74. Market Vectors ETF Trust ( GDX ) is up 0.21% to $58.19. iShares Silver Trust ( SLV ) is down 1.14% to $31.28.

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