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October 14, 2011
Weekly Commodity Update
Recap of Our Constant Maturity Commodity Benchmark: CMCI

Week Ending: Friday, October 14, 2011 

Key Points
Weekly Summary
(10/8 - 10/14)
Commodities rallied last week, led by agriculture and Brent crude oil.

CMCI Performance
 

UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index (CMCI) returned 4.27%
Roll Impact on Performance
(Contango vs. Backwardation)

CMCI:        -0.07%
DJUBS:       -1.25%
S&P GSCI:   0.09%

 
Comparative Index Performance

As of Friday, October 14, 2011
 
  Total Return Impact of Roll Yield
  Week
(10/8 - 10/14) 
YTD
 
Week
(10/8 - 10/14) 
YTD
 
CMCI  4.27% -3.88% -0.07% -0.52%
DJUBS 4.51% -8.68% -1.25% -4.90%
S&P GSCI 5.26% -2.00% 0.09% -2.99%
 
Shape of Front Month
Commodity Futures Curves

As of Friday, October 14, 2011
 
Highlights: Brent's backwardation widened during the week, while natural gas contango narrowed.
Commodity  Shape of Curve 
Aluminum Steady Contango
Brent Crude Oil Backwardation
Coffee Congango
Copper Mild Contango
Corn Contango
Cotton Backwardation
Gold Mild Contango
Lead Steady Contango
Lean Hogs Backwardation to Contango to Backwardation
Live Cattle Contango
Natural Gas Steep Contango
Sugar Steep Backwardation
Silver Mild Contango
Soybeans Contango to Backwardation
Wheat Steep Contango
WTI Crude Oil Mild Contango
Zinc Steady Contango

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