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Jan 16 (Reuters) - Commodities trading risk at Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co fell sharply in the fourth quarter from a year earlier as prices of natural resources slipped.
Goldman Sachs, Wall Street's leading bank, said its value-at-risk (VaR) in commodities stood at $20 million in the fourth quarter, down from $22 million in the third quarter and $26 million a year ago.
JPMorgan, the largest U.S. bank, saw its commodities VaR at $14 million in the fourth quarter versus $13 million in the third quarter and $20 million a year ago.
Commodity prices as indicated by the Thomson Reuters-Jefferies CRB index fell nearly 5 percent in the fourth quarter following a 9 percent gain in the third quarter.
In the final quarter of 2011, the CRB, which tracks 19 commodities, rose more than 2 percent.