GOLD, CORN RISE: The February gold contract rose $25.90, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $1,566.80 an ounce. Corn for March delivery gained 8.5 cents to $6.465 per bushel.
RECORD PRICES: Both gold and corn hit all-time highs this summer, and both commodities fell this winter for different reasons. Gold was driven higher by anxious traders who didn't want to invest in riskier stocks or bonds. Corn prices shot up on worries of a global food shortage. Those worries receded this fall.
COPPER DOWN: Copper for March delivery ended at $3.436 per pound Friday. That leaves copper down 23 percent for the year.