GOLDEN RALLY: Gold prices rose 2 percent as consumer confidence in the economy fell in the United States and Europe. It was the latest in a string of disappointing news this month that have pushed gold higher.

WORRIED CONSUMERS: Two independent reports concluded Americans and Europeans are worried about jobs, volatility in financial markets and economic growth as their leaders cope with financial problems.

OIL SUPPLIES: Oil rose 1.9 percent as traders speculated that supplies may tighten after several refineries and petroleum terminals reduced production or shut down because of Hurricane Irene.