Dealers ready their resources for Asia commodities push

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Commodities were the first and among the hardest-hit asset class during the global financial crisis. The nadir came in late 2008 when commodities prices slumped by between 60% and 70% of their levels in mid-2008, hurting dealers and end-users alike. But the markets have rebounded sharply since then. Standard & Poor’s GSCI index, a globally referenced composite benchmark of commodities prices, rose from 359 points at the beginning of 2009 to around 524 points at the end of the year – an increase