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Commodities Finish Higher as Crude Manages Positive Close in Session's Last Hour; Gold Also Finishes With Gains

Commodities finished trading higher as crude oil futures moved higher in the last hour of trading after sitting lower on concerns about how the earthquake and the resulting impact will affect that country's refining capacity. Gold ended fractionally higher.

Light, sweet crude oil for April delivery finished up 0.1%, to $101.19 a barrel. In other energy futures, heating oil was down 0.38% to $3.05 a gallon while natural gas was down 2.8% to $3.92 per million British thermal units.

In energy ETFs, the United States Oil Fund ( USO ) is up 0.34% to $40.83. The United States Natural Gas ETF ( UNG ) is up 0.53% to $10.45.

Meanwhile, gold futures ended higher as the dollar weakened.

Gold for April delivery finished up 0.2% to $1,424.90 an ounce. In other metal futures, silver was down 0.13% to $35.89 a troy ounce while copper traded down 0.38% to $4.19.

The U.S. dollar index (DXY) is down 0.55% to $76.35.

In metal ETFs, SPDR Gold Trust ( GLD ) is up 0.59% to $139.04. Market Vectors Gold Miners ( GDX ) is down 0.69% to $57.42. iShares Silver Trust ( SLV ) is down 0.08% to $35.00.

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