GOLD'S HAVEN: Gold prices continued to climb on concerns about what's ahead for the global economy. Investors worry about another U.S. recession, Europe's debt problems and volatility in financial markets.
BERNANKE SPECULATION: There is much speculation about whether Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will make a significant announcement during his speech Friday at the Fed's annual meeting. A year ago, Bernanke used the event to hint at a bond-buying program designed to stimulate economic growth.
AGRICULTURAL GAINS: Wheat, corn and soybeans all ended the day higher.