Brent crude LCOc1 was on track for a gain of around 50 percent. following a 35 percent tumble in 2015.
Copper CMCU3 was up around 16 percent in 2016. compared with the previous year`s 26 percent plunge. Reuters reported.
In China. an infrastructure and housing boom sparked a months` long rally in materials prices. with iron ore futures surging 170 percent and coking coal more than doubling.
The dollar index .DXY gained about 4 percent this year. or less than half of its 9.3 percent advance in 2015.
MSCI frontier stocks were down about 2 percent. compared with a 7 percent gain for MSCI developed equities. Shanghai A shares. which rose 4.4 percent in 2015. about dropped 18 percent in 2016.