Natural gas futures rose sharply as investors anticipated that homeowners would turn up the heat as wintry weather plows across the country.
The price of natural gas rose above $4.20 for the first time since May 28.
Natural gas for January delivery rose 12 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $4.23 per $1,000 cubic feet.
Crude for January delivery slipped 31 cents to $97.34 a barrel in New York, the first decline after six straight gains.
February gold edged up $5.20, or 0.4 percent, to $1,234.20 an ounce. Silver for March delivery rose 17.8 cents, or 0.9 percent, to $19.701 an ounce.
Soybean and corn futures rose. Wheat futures edged lower.