Prices for metals are rising after the Federal Reserve hinted it might do more to prop up the economy.
Gold, silver and other metals are all higher after 2 p.m., when the Fed released minutes from its latest meeting that seemed to show it might get more involved in the economy.
The Fed could extend record-low interest rates or buy bonds as a way to drive investors into the stocks. Some investors buy commodities to protect against inflation when the Fed pumps money into the economy.
Pit trading for metals closed around 1:30 p.m., before the Fed minutes were released, so silver, copper and palladium finished only slightly higher, and gold fell. But all four jumped in after-hours trading.