Gold for April delivery settled up $6.50 to $1,437.70 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The gold price hit a record intra-day high of $1,441 an ounce and hit a low of $1,428.20. The spot gold price was up 30 cents, according to Kitco's gold index, after settling Tuesday at its own record of $1,433 an ounce.
Silver prices hit a high of $34.97 Wednesday and the May contract settled up 40 cents to $34.83.
Many investors had been wondering if oil's recent rise over $100 a barrel would prompt the Fed to tighten the money supply to cool inflation. Bernanke's adherence to low rates, however, was a green light for precious metal traders who bought gold and silver as protection against a weaker dollar. Unrest and violence in the Middle East showed no sign of slowing down as government troops in Libya regained control over a city in the mostly rebel-held Eastern half of the country. The worries that unrest could spread to bigger oil producers like Iran and Saudi Arabia were also keeping gold's safe haven identity alive.