Global stock markets slipped on Tuesday (Dec. 10) as uncertainty kept risk appetite in check days ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline for a new round of United States (U.S.) tariffs on Chinese imports, Reuters reported. Investors were again torn between remarks that suggested a positive outcome to the 17-month U.S.-Sino trade war but also indicated a deal might not come until after the U.S. presidential elections in November 2020.

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