Summary Box: Cotton falls on demand worries

AP News
Posted: May 12, 2011 5:27 PM

COTTON DROP: Cotton prices fell 4 percent as China took another step to curb its inflation due to rising prices. Investors are concerned that China's latest move to slow its economy will curb demand for cotton in the months ahead.

METALS MIX: Silver and platinum fell while copper, palladium and gold settled higher.

DOLLAR'S IMPACT: Commodity trading was driven largely by movements in the dollar. Many contracts pared losses and settled higher as the dollar grew weaker during the day.