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(Kitco News) - Gold prices have fallen sharply from its fresh six-year high as sentiment within financial markets has shifted rapidly.

According to market analysts, investors are jumping back into equities as trade war tensions appear to be easing. The improvement in risk sentiment came after the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said additional tariffs on some Chinese goods, including cell phones and laptops, will be delayed until Dec. 15.

"Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent," the USTR said. "USTR intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff."

Although off its session lows the gold market is currently down more than $30 in reaction to the latest trade news. The selloff comes after the yellow metal hit a fresh six-year high overnight due to concerns that the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China will lead to lower economic growth.

Gold has sold off as equity markets have pushed to session highs. December gold futures last traded at $1,509.60 an ounce, down 0.50% on the day. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 las traded at 2931 points, up 1.68% on the day.

The marketplace is reading this news as a positive step, including maybe the U.S.' blinking’,” said Jim Wyckoff, senior technical analyst at Kitco.com.

In a recent interview with Kitco News Sean Lusk, co-director of commercial hedging at Walsh Trading, warned that markets are hypersensitive to geopolitical headlines and there was a growing risk of a short-term correction.

He added that because investor sentiment has been so negative in recent days, gold will be sensitive to any jumps in equity markets.

Because of the delicate sentiment in the marketplace, gold investors might want to start taking some profits off the table, Lusk said.

"This market can change in an instant. All it needs is one tweet or one comment before prices start going the other way," he said.

Lusk added that he will be watching to see if gold prices can hold initial support around $1,480; however, he added that gold bulls shouldn't start to get nervous unless prices fall below $1,430 an ounce.

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