MICHAEL FITZPATRICK, Fimat USA, New York (2:35 p.m. EDT): Energy futures, after opening lower on worries about higher inventories, turned higher on the news Venezuela is having trouble with one of its catalystic crackers... don't know when it will resume operations... refinery problems recently have been the major factor in gasoline surging.. believe June gasoline futures, now at 106.80 cents, could hit 110 cents in near future... May futures hit 116 cents last week, which bit overdone... crude is up at $28.50 level.

Gold, Platinum Higher

DAVID MEGER, Alaron Trading, Chicago (12:30 p.m. EDT): Gold up to $266.50 level but off earlier highs when dollar faltered against yen, euro... dollar index recovered from earlier lows... nevertheless, the gold looking better than it has for while... report some buying on dips... also report some funds buying... see resistance at $268... Platinum up to $624.80 on continued fund buying even though lease rates have fallen... waiting to see if it can hold above $620 resistance level.

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