Benchmark US crude for February delivery fell 70 cents to $79.48 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude for March delivery fell 94 cents to $84.98 a barrel.

Wholesale gasoline for delivery in February fell 3 cents to $2.52 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1 cent in February to $3.26 a gallon. Natural gas fell 28 cents in February to $3.31 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold for February delivery fell $2.90 to $1,907 an ounce. Silver for March delivery fell 42 cents to $23.65 an ounce and copper rose 1 cent to $4.23 in March…