PLATINUM RISING: Platinum prices rose as protests continued at a South African mine where nearly four dozen people have been killed during a week-long labor conflict. Although global supplies are plentiful and demand is anemic, there is speculation that inventories may tighten if the dispute continues for an extended period.
GAINING CONFIDENCE: A new report showed consumer confidence in August was at its highest level since May. Several retailers turned in strong second-quarter earnings and offered positive outlooks, which pleased investors.
WINNERS, LOSERS: Prices rose for oil, gold, palladium, wheat and soybeans. Gasoline, natural gas and corn fell.