Benchmark US crude for March delivery rose 97 cents to $78.87 a barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude for March delivery fell 41 cents to $84.49 a barrel.

Wholesale gasoline for February delivery rose 4 cents to $2.54 a gallon. Heating oil rose 7 cents to $3.18 a gallon in February. Natural gas was flat at $2.68 per 1,000 cubic feet in March.

Gold for April delivery rose $6.10 to $1,945.30 an ounce. Silver for March delivery was up 11 cents to $23.84 an ounce and copper was up 3 cents in March, up…