A four-day surge in the markets ended Friday as falling commodity prices including gold, brought down energy and mining companies. Signs of a slowing economy rattled commodity markets. Crude oil dropped 2 percent to $91 a barrel as weak US economic reports followed forecasts for weaker oil demand. Sales at US retailers fell in March and companies restocked their shelves at a much slower pace in February than in the month before. A measure of consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan also slumped. The weaker reports pushed traders into the safer Treasurys, sending yields near their lows for the year.
By Matthew Craft| Associated Press April 13, 2013
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