SPEED BUMP: Cotton prices fell 2 percent after India lifted an export ban on the fiber. The price is less than half what it was a year, ago when shrinking inventories and stronger demand sent prices over $2 per pound.
INDIA'S COTTON: India, the world's second-largest exporter of cotton, reversed a ban imposed in early March. It plans to review the decision a couple of weeks.
SLOWER GROWTH: U.S. consumer spending slowed in March and Spain fell back into recession. The news sent prices for gold, silver and platinum lower. Grains, beans and oil rose.