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Midwest Buyside

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August 13, 2012

In late June and early July, across America’s Heartland, energy-stock buysiders were watching natural gas prices tick up from less than $2 a million Btu this spring and crude oil prices improve into the $80s from a flirtation with $70.

A couple of additional commodities—the 2012 corn and soybean crops—were also of great interest locally, as scant rainfall and extreme heat stressed the plants. 2012 corn futures that began trading three years ago at $4 a bushel were $7-plus at press time. Soybeans that opened at $9 in 2009 had ...

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