IT'S ALL ABOUT CHINA: On Friday, soybean prices moved higher on rumors that China is about to make a big purchase. Similar rumors did the same thing for corn on Thursday.
OIL HEADS HIGHER: The price of oil rose in New York and London on an encouraging report about German business confidence and strong U.S. corporate earnings.
HEAVY METALS: Most metals rose, with the biggest percentage increases in copper and palladium. The outlier was silver, which fell slightly.