MIXED BAG: In metals, copper, gold and silver rose, while platinum and palladium fell. In agriculture, wheat held steady, corn fell, and soybeans rose.
THE MONTHLY HULLABALOO?: The scattered results could be related to investors shoring up their positions before the end of the month. If they've made money so far, they might want to take their money out while they can still notch a profit. If they've lost money, they might want to try investing in a new commodity to make up for it.
GASOLINE FUTURES: After dropping for most of the month, gasoline is now cheaper in much of the U.S. than it was a year ago. That hasn't happened in more than two years. The national average for a gallon of gas at $3.85 compared to $3.86 a year ago.