GOLD GAINS: Gold rose for the ninth day in a row as government debt troubles continued in Washington and in Europe. Talk of a possible default by Greece or even the U.S. prompted nervous investors to park money in hard assets.
STEADY RISE: Gold for August delivery rose 80 cents to settle at $1,590.10 an ounce. It's now up 7.3 percent since July 1. Silver also rose as investors looked for alternatives to holding U.S. dollars, euros and other currencies.
ENERGIZED: Natural gas jumped 16.2 cents to $4.520 per 1,000 cubic feet. Crude rose $1.55 to settle at $97.24 a barrel.