Without a major catalyst to influence prices, the metal remains stuck in a tight trading range.
Earnings are up, but revenue is less than expected. European debt worries weigh on stocks. Nvidia settles a fight with Intel for $1.5 billion. Playboy will go private.
But stocks come back from a midday sell-off. December payrolls increased by 103,000 -- less than expected. Gold falls for the fourth day in a row. The dollar is up against the euro.
After Tuesday's dramatic sell-off, prices extend their losses, weighed down by positive jobs data and a stronger US dollar.
After a record-breaking year, the yellow metal got off to a slow start in 2011.
Today's gains put the final flourish on a blowout year. Meanwhile, the metal could test its record high in January.
Gold paid off for investors this year, while mortgages and wind energy did not.
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