Gold, Silver Edge Lower; Grain Prices Rise Sharply


Corn and wheat futures settled sharply higher Thursday, while gold and silver slipped.

Energy prices were little-changed.

In July contracts, corn rose 15.75 cents to $6.4875 a bushel, an increase of 2.5 percent. Wheat rose 17.50 cents to $7.235 a bushel, also up 2.5 percent.

Soybeans rose 18 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $14.0875 a bushel.

The price of crude oil fell slightly, as the dollar strengthened against foreign currencies and concerns grew about inflation in China.

Benchmark oil for June delivery lost 23 cents to finish at $96.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Most other energy contracts ended higher.

Wholesale gasoline rose 3 cents to finish at $2.89 a gallon, heating oil rose 2 cents to end at $2.94 a gallon and natural gas was flat at $3.98 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold for June delivery fell $5.10 to $1,468.60 an ounce.

July silver fell 1.6 cents to $23.91 an ounce. July copper fell 3 cents to $3.3405 a pound. July platinum rose $11.60 to $1,516.50 an ounce, and June palladium rose $16.50 to $714.75 an ounce.