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London: Global equities mostly retreated on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump warned there was no deadline for doing a trade deal with China.

The announcement added to trade uncertainty already stoked by the United States reimposing tariffs on Argentina and Brazil, threatening France with steep levies — and warning China of possible new measures if ongoing talks fall through.

Trump, in Britain for a NATO summit, warned that efforts to resolve a trade dispute could wait until after next Novembers US election. Trumps trade war with China and on-again off-again attempts to reach a deal have destabilised markets and stoked geopolitical tensions.

Analyst Neil Wilson at said equity markets in Europe and US futures were hit as Donald Trump upped the ante again on trade. The chances of a deal by December 15 just took another turn lower, Wilson said. After weeks of making generally positive noises on a deal being very close, there is a real sense now that a deal is not so very near at all and markets need to reprice.

As recently as last week Trump boasted that he was in the final throes of negotiating one of the most important deals in trade ever. But Washington has since courted Chinese anger by expressing support for Hong Kong protesters.

Optimism that Beijing and Washington will eventually hammer out a partial agreement as part of a wider deal had supported equities for weeks, helping Wall Street to set numerous records. But investor sentiment was dealt a blow on Monday when Trump said he would reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminium from Argentina and Brazil whom he accused of manipulating their currencies and hurting US farmers.

Later, officials warned they would also hit France with up to 100 percent levies on $2.4 billion in goods, saying a French digital tax was discriminatory against US tech firms such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

Sparkling wine, yoghurt and Roquefort cheese could be affected as soon as next month, while US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer warned his office was also considering similar moves against Austria, Italy, and Turkey.

On Tuesday, France vowed a strong response to any tariffs. Among industrial sectors, London-listed mining companies retreated on worries over demand from Asian powerhouse China, which is a top consumer of many commodities.

London equities slid also as mining companies retreated on worries over demand from Asian powerhouse China, which is a top consumer of many commodities. Britains banks also dropped after Moodys ratings agency changed the banking systems overall outlook from stable to negative, citing weak economic growth and prolonged uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

In commodities, oil prices were steady ahead of a key meeting of OPEC and other major producers, which is expected to see them maintain output cuts into June, with speculation they could go on until the end of 2020.

Wall Street stocks sank in early trading and about 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.5 percent at 27,359.40. The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 1.4 percent to 3,071.57, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.7 percent to 8,438.57.

Analysts noted that the pullback comes after US stocks hit records early last week — a position that often leads to profit taking. Still, the US tone on trade had observers worried.

Carl Weinberg of High Frequency Economics said Trumps comments boosted the possibility the United States will move ahead with new tariffs on imported consumer goods from China later this month.

If the president does not pivot on his comments quickly, it will be the coup de grace for hopes of a settlement on the US-China trade war any time soon, Weinberg wrote in a client note.

Asian markets also slipped as global trade uncertainty returned to the fore after the United States reimposed tariffs on Argentina and Brazil, threatened steep levies against France and warned China of new measures if ongoing talks are not successful.

London: Global equities mostly retreated on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump warned there was no deadline for doing a trade deal with China.

The announcement added to trade uncertainty already stoked by the United States reimposing tariffs on Argentina and Brazil, threatening France with steep levies — and warning China of possible new measures if ongoing talks fall through.

Trump, in Britain for a NATO summit, warned that efforts to resolve a trade dispute could wait until after next Novembers US election. Trumps trade war with China and on-again off-again attempts to reach a deal have destabilised markets and stoked geopolitical tensions.

Analyst Neil Wilson at m said equity markets in Europe and US futures were hit as Donald Trump upped the ante again on trade. The chances of a deal by December 15 just took another turn lower, Wilson said. After weeks of making generally positive noises on a deal being very close, there is a real sense now that a deal is not so very near at all and markets need to reprice.

As recently as last week Trump boasted that he was in the final throes of negotiating one of the most important deals in trade ever. But Washington has since courted Chinese anger by expressing support for Hong Kong protesters.

Optimism that Beijing and Washington will eventually hammer out a partial agreement as part of a wider deal had supported equities for weeks, helping Wall Street to set numerous records. But investor sentiment was dealt a blow on Monday when Trump said he would reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminium from Argentina and Brazil whom he accused of manipulating their currencies and hurting US farmers.

Later, officials warned they would also hit France with up to 100 percent levies on $2.4 billion in goods, saying a French digital tax was discriminatory against US tech firms such as Google, Apple and Amazon.

Sparkling wine, yoghurt and Roquefort cheese could be affected as soon as next month, while US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer warned his office was also considering similar moves against Austria, Italy, and Turkey.

On Tuesday, France vowed a strong response to any tariffs. Among industrial sectors, London-listed mining companies retreated on worries over demand from Asian powerhouse China, which is a top consumer of many commodities.

London equities slid also as mining companies retreated on worries over demand from Asian powerhouse China, which is a top consumer of many commodities. Britains banks also dropped after Moodys ratings agency changed the banking systems overall outlook from stable to negative, citing weak economic growth and prolonged uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

In commodities, oil prices were steady ahead of a key meeting of OPEC and other major producers, which is expected to see them maintain output cuts into June, with speculation they could go on until the end of 2020.

Wall Street stocks sank in early trading and about 20 minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.5 percent at 27,359.40. The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 1.4 percent to 3,071.57, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 1.7 percent to 8,438.57.

Analysts noted that the pullback comes after US stocks hit records early last week — a position that often leads to profit taking. Still, the US tone on trade had observers worried.

Carl Weinberg of High Frequency Economics said Trumps comments boosted the possibility the United States will move ahead with new tariffs on imported consumer goods from China later this month.

If the president does not pivot on his comments quickly, it will be the coup de grace for hopes of a settlement on the US-China trade war any time soon, Weinberg wrote in a client note.

Asian markets also slipped as global trade uncertainty returned to the fore after the United States reimposed tariffs on Argentina and Brazil, threatened steep levies against France and warned China of new measures if ongoing talks are not successful.

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