The energy complex was a bit stronger early Tuesday after a published report indicated that Saudi Arabia appears to be serious about cutting its production of crude.

The Wall Street Journal quoted a Saudi oil official about the biggest OPEC nation's plans, and he said his country is committed to lowering output in an effort to get crude prices higher.

Lately, near-month futures on light, sweet crude were up 29 cents at $54.30 a barrel. On Monday, crude dropped $1.41 to $54.01 a barrel.

Natural gas was adding 16 cents to $7.095 per million British thermal units, and heating oil was up about half a cent to $1.555 a gallon. Gasoline futures were fractionally higher at $1.443 a gallon.

Among metals, gold was up 10 cents to $649.20 an ounce. Copper rose 1 cent to $2.552 a pound, while silver slipped 5 cents to $13.20 an ounce.

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