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near-normal rain seen easing worst n.z. drought in 30 yrs

new zealand, the world's largest dairy exporter, may receive near-normal rainfall through june, potentially easing the most widespread drought in at least 30 years that's driven milk-powder prices to a record.

jobless claims in u.s. increased more than forecast last week

more americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting the difficulty the government has adjusting the figures around the easter holiday and spring break at schools.

raw-material bull market fading as supply expands: commodities

at a time when u.s. equities are trading near a record and the dollar is having its best start in three years, commodities will finish this quarter little changed from where they were at the end of 2012.

china manufacturing expands at faster pace, pmi gauges show

china's manufacturing expanded at a faster pace last month, indicating a recovery in the world's second-largest economy is sustaining momentum.

bullish bets rebound at fastest pace in four years: commodities

investors are boosting wagers on higher commodity prices at the fastest pace in almost four years, rebounding from the least bullish position since 2009, on signs that the u.s. is accelerating and europe's debt crisis is easing.

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