Commodities Finish Higher; Gold, Crude Oil Futures End in Po

Financial News Network
February 17, 2011 AT 8:34 PM
Commodities ended trading higher as crude oil futures logged gains on concern over developments in the Middle East. Gold also finished higher as safe-haven buying moved the metal. Light, sweet crude oil for March delivery finished up $1.37, or 1.6%, at $86.36 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil was down 1.08% to $2.74 a gallon while natural gas was down 1.17% to $3.87 per million British thermal units. Meanwhile, gold futures advanced throughout the day to finish at a five-week high. Gold for April delivery finished up $10 to $1,385.10 an ounce. In other metal futures, silver was up 2.89% to $31.51 a troy ounce while copper traded up 0.38% to $4.49.