Traders are cautiously returning to buying certain key commodities, including gold and oil, after big sell-offs earlier this week.
Gold inched slightly higher at the end of a week that included its biggest one-day drop in 30 years.
Gold for June delivery rose $3.10 to $1,395.60 per ounce. The precious metal has had a wild few weeks. It started sliding last week, in a panic that culminated Monday when the metal plunged 9 percent. It was gold's biggest drop since 1983.
Benchmark crude for May delivery rose 28 cents to $88.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Wheat and corn are higher.