SAFETY NET: Gold and silver prices rose as investors sought out more stable assets while monitoring Europe's debt crisis and uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.
CHINA'S OIL: Oil prices fell after China said it will raise interest rates for the fourth time since October to try to control inflation. Investors were concerned that the move could slow China's economy.
MIXED BATCH: Metals prices settled higher. Wheat and soybeans fell while corn rose.