Benchmark US crude for March delivery rose 86 cents to $81.01 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude for March deliveries rose $1.35 to $87.47 a barrel.

Wholesale gasoline for delivery in February rose 2 cents to $2.61 a gallon. Heating oil rose 4 cents in February to $3.40 a gallon. Natural gas fell 13 cents in February to $2.94 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Gold for February delivery fell $12.60 to $1,930 an ounce. Silver for March delivery was up 8 cents to $24.02 an ounce and copper was up 3 cents to $4.27 an ounce in March…