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were slightly lower Friday as the yellow metal gave back small gains from the previous trading session.
Gold for December delivery was sinking $9 to $1,761.60 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The
traded as high as $1,775 and as low as $1,760.50, while the spot price was shedding $6.50, according to Kitco's gold index.
"Consolidation after close to a [gain] from $1,550 to $1,800 level quickly after the announcement of QE3," said Jeb Handwerger, editor of GoldStockTrades.com.
for December delivery were losing 35 cents to $33.73, while the
U.S. dollar index
was down 0.10% to $79.71.
Handwerger thinks investors may be waiting for more clarity in the presidential election before building new positions in the yellow metal.
Easing policies are unlikely to change significantly, even if Mitt Romney wins the election. The one wrench, of course, would be if Romney's pledge to remove
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke proved not to be a bluff. Even then, it's tough to assume a new chairman would reverse the open-ended securities purchasing program that a strong majority of central bankers agreed on.
Questions were also lingering Friday as to whether Spain would ask for a bailout, which has been a lingering issue for weeks.
Gold mining stocks were mostly lower Friday. Shares of
NovaGold Resources(NG) were dropping 2.7%, while shares of
Agnico-Eagle Mines(AEM - Get Report) were down 1.9%
Among other mining stocks,
Barrick Gold(ABX - Get Report) was selling off 1.8%, and
Kinross Gold(KGC - Get Report) was decreasing 1.1%.
iShares Gold Trust(IAU) was down 0.43%.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.