COTTON CLIMBS: Cotton prices rose 1.8 percent on the prospect of tighter supplies over the next few months. The price has fallen about 58 percent since hitting $2.15 per pound in March 2011.
GAS DRAIN: Natural gas fell below $2 per 1,000 cubic feet for the first time since January 2002. Supplies have expanded as production has boomed and a mild winter cut into demand.
MIXED BAG: Other commodities were mixed as investors questioned the pace of global economic growth in the months ahead. Prices for oil, wheat and corn rose. Gold, copper, silver and soybeans fell.