COPPER CLIMBING: Copper prices hit their highest level since September on expectations that demand will pick up after China announced a plan to create millions of jobs. The price of copper has increased nearly 14 percent this year.
WAITING ON USDA: Agriculture contracts were mixed ahead of a U.S. Agriculture Department report Thursday that will update global supply and demand estimates. Some investors expect South American corn and soybean production to be cut because a drought likely damaged crops.
WINNERS, LOSERS: Industrial metals and oil rose. Gold and silver fell.