Crude oil and natural gas futures are higher, reversing declines from the day before. Gold futures are higher and agricultural commodities are mixed.

Crude oil and natural gas futures are higher, reversing declines from the day before. Gold futures are higher and agricultural commodities are mixed.

U.S. crude for March delivery gained $1.69, or 1.8 percent, to close at $97.41 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Natural gas rose 19 cents to $5.03 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Other energy prices also rose. Wholesale gasoline rose 1 cent to $2.63 a gallon. Heating oil gained 3 cent to $3.12 a gallon.

Energy prices are rising as more cold weather swept across the northern tier of the country.

In metals trading, gold for February delivery fell $12.60 to $1,250.80 an ounce. Silver for March delivery fell 29 cents to $19.50 an ounce.

Wheat and corn futures edged higher, while soybeans fell slightly.