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  • Trump meets with key trade advisers, will announce a response to Chinese tariffs.  
  • Risk aversion intensifies on trade war escalation: Gold, CHF and JPY soar.  

Gold continues to rise sharply amid concerns about the impact of the escalation in the US-China trade war. The demand for safe-haven assets emerged over the last hours, leading to a rally in the yellow metal.  

China retaliates, Trump tweets and markets fear the worst  

The value of gold rose now almost $40 from daily lows. Recently reached $1,529.60/oz, the highest intraday level since August 13, when it traded at $1,535 the highest in six years.  

The bullish tone in gold and the negative momentum around the greenback remains intact, so it the metal could hit new multi-year highs soon. XAU/USD stands around $1,525; if it breaks above YTD highs, the next strong resistance is located at $1,550/55.  

Market focus is now on the announcements from the White House. It has been reported that Trump is with his trade team. In a tweet, Trump said US companies were “hereby ordered” to start looking for an alternative to China. The escalation in trade tensions increased the odds of more aggressive rate cuts from the Fed and weigh on the US dollar.