GRAIN RALLY: Wheat and corn prices rose after the government reported large increases in export sales of the two grains. Soybeans also rose but export sales were lower than anticipated.
BACK TO RISK: Oil prices stabilized as fears eased about supply issues in the Middle East as a result of ongoing protests. That encouraged investors to look for bargains among agricultural products and metals where prices have slipped in the past week.
METALS MIX: Metals used primarily in manufacturing logged gains while gold and silver settled lower.