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were slightly lower Wednesday after President Barack Obama won re-election and Americans stuck to divided majorities in the bicameral Congress.
Gold for December delivery lost $3.20 to $1,711.80 an ounce at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. The
traded as high as $1,733 and as low as $1,703 an ounce, while the spot price was losing $4.10, according to Kitco's gold index.
Gold hit 24-hour highs early Wednesday after Mitt Romney conceded the election, but gradually sank lower until European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said that the ECB's new bond-buying program would allow for unlimited interventions in government bond markets.
"But we have to understand how markets work. Our actions have to send a clear signal to markets that their fears about the euro area are baseless," Draghi said Wednesday in prepared remarks.
"Election now over and attention to basics and other problems like economic recovery will resume," George Gero, precious metals analyst at RBC Wealth Management, wrote in a note. "Good for gold as a continuing haven and a return to basics and Euro Zone problems after Draghi spoke brought new buyers to gold."
for December delivery was slumping 32 cents to $31.71 an ounce, while the
U.S. dollar index
was gaining 0.17% to $80.77.
The gold price
added more than $30 on Tuesday
ahead of the U.S. elections, which, coupled with small gains on Monday, effectively reversed the severe Friday selloff that saw the
yellow metal lose more than $40 an ounce
Gold analysts who followed Tuesday's election late into the evening started to suggest an Obama victory, and
offered predictions for what it could mean for gold moving forward
"[A]t this stage an Obama win combined with a clearly Republican controlled House of Representatives will be supportive for gold in the short thru long term. Obama has shown no serious intent to reign in runaway spending and attempt to close the deficit," said Jeffrey Wright, managing director at Global Hunter Securities. "Our national debt has significantly weakened the U.S. dollar and this is the key to higher gold going forward."
Obama's re-election also signaled to gold investors that
Chairman Ben Bernanke would not be replaced, which could likely mean a continuation of the central bank's open-ended, mortgage-backed securities purchasing program.