S&P/ASX 200 falls 1.6% on rising US-China tensions

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) closed 1.6% lower at 5755.70 points today as renewed US-China tensions panicked local and overseas markets.

President Trump said on Thursday that he would hold a news conference on China today. Even without any details, this announcement was enough to send markets tumbling.

Still, the ASX 200 gained 4.71% this week, making it a fifth consecutive weekly improvement, while also advancing for a second month in a row.

Materials gain

The financials sector led the losses as the big four gave back some of their weekly winnings.

Westpac (ASX:WBC) fell 6.36%, National Australia Bank (ASX:NAB) lost 5.22% and ANZ (ASX:ANZ) dropped 4.54%.

The materials sector was one of only four to see green at the end of the day. Andrew Forrest's Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) gained 2.81%.

Gold stocks are continuing their good run with Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST) gaining 7.64% and Newcrest Mining (ASX:NCM) rising 2.62%.

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Trigg Mining to receive infrastructure boost for Lake Throssell SOP Project from road sealing

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