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Commodity prices slammed by China coronavirus outbreak

Investors fear 2003 'SARS shock' repeat amid plunging crude and copper futures

TOKYO -- Prices of crude oil and other commodities have fallen sharply since last week due to the deadly new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Observers are bracing for a repeat of the 2003 "SARS shock," when an epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome in China rocked world markets.

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