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  • Gold has backed off from the session high of $1,285  but remains in green.
  • The renewed US-China trade tensions seem to have triggered a flight to safety.
  • Gold traders need to closely follow the S&P 500 futures.

Gold has pulled back from the session high of $1,285 but is still flashing green amid risk aversion.

The yellow metal is currently trading at $1,282 per Oz, representing a 0.18% gain on the day, having defended key support at $1,266 last week, establishing a double bottom pattern on the 4-hour chart.

The metal is likely benefiting from the drop in riskier assets triggered by the renewed fears of US-China trade war.

The US President Trump said Sunday that tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods will be increased to 25% from the current 10%, as trade talks are progressing very slowly. In response, Beijing has reportedly called off the next round of trade talks scheduled for Wednesday.

These developments seem to have triggered a flight to safety. As of writing, the futures on the S&P 500 are down 53 points or 1.8%, while oil prices on both sides of the Atlantic are reporting a 2% slide. Asian equities are also a sea of red with the Shanghai Composite flashing a 3.5% drop.

Looking forward, the metal may revisit and possibly break above the Asian session high of $1,285, courtesy of increased haven demand from European desks. The breakout, however, may remain elusive if the markets regain some composure. Traders, therefore, need to keep an eye on the S&P 500 futures.

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