– RISING BOND YIELDS BOOSTS FINANCIAL STOCKS
The WTI-Brent spread widened out to as much as $7, the highest in more than two years, then narrowed to $6.50.
Spot gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,239.93 an ounce.
Silver rose 0.4 percent to $15.77 an ounce.
Platinum fell for its eight straight session, down 1 percent at $876 ounce.
Palladium was 0.3 percent lower at $1,007.12 an ounce.
In US Equity Markets the S&P and the Dow hit record levels in early afternoon trading on Tuesday as Boeing rose and bank stocks gained ahead of a near certain move by the Fed to raise interest rate.
The Dow was up 0.57 percent, at 24,525.73.
The S&P 500 was up 0.28 percent, at 2,667.54.
The Nasdaq Composite was up 0.02 percent, at 6,876.70.
Boeing rose as much as 3.4 percent to $292.8 after the company said it would raise its quarterly dividend by 20 percent and replace its existing share buyback program with a new $18 billion authorization.
Comcast shares rose about 1.94 percent after the company abandoned its bid for most of the assets of Twenty-First Century Fox, leaving Walt Disney as the sole suitor of the $40 billion-plus deal.
In Bond Markets U.S. Treasury yields rose on Tuesday as investors reduced their debt holdings in advance of a $12 billion auction of 30-year government bonds and after stronger-than-forecast data on producer prices in November.
The 10-year Treasury yield was 2.410 percent, up 3 basis points from late on Monday, while the 30-year yield rose 3 basis points to 2.800 percent.
Two-year yields were up more than 2 basis points at 1.847 percent, which was the highest since October 2008.