Corn futures settled slightly higher Thursday, while wheat and soybean futures slipped. Energy ended mostly higher and metals prices fell.

Corn for March delivery rose 3.5 cents to end at $7.2425 a bushel. March wheat edged down 6.25 cents to $7.6850 a bushel and March soybeans fell 1.75 cents to $14.3525 a bushel.

Metals prices fell, with the exception of palladium.

February gold fell $16.80 to $1,669.90 an ounce and silver gave up 71.7 cents to $31.722 an ounce. Platinum for April delivery fell $8 to $1,683.80 an ounce and copper fell 0.8 cent to $3.6765 a pound.

Palladium edged up 50 cents to $726.70 an ounce.

Crude settled up 72 cents to finish at $95.95 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange

In other energy trading: Wholesale gasoline rose 2.91 cents to finish at $2.8629 a gallon, Natural gas fell 10.8 cents to end at $3.446 per 1,000 cubic feet and heating oil rose 0.83 cent to finish at $3.0864 a gallon.