"The VIX index of implied future volatility on the S+P 500 index (the so-called 'fear index), jumped to a three-month high of over 15, and we saw growth-orientated stocks under-perform their value counterparts across developed stock markets".
Gold - generally regarded as a safer asset in times of uncertainty - hit its highest price for more than two months on Friday, touching $1,288.92 an ounce before slipping back.
"Many fear that as a U.S. ally, the United Kingdom is also susceptible to being dragged into an unnecessary and unwanted conflict".
The euro slid 0.3 percent to 129.34 yen, and fell 0.1 percent against the dollar to $1.1743.
"As a portfolio manager, you say, 'Do I think we'll get a war out of this?'", said Torsten Slok, chief worldwide economist at Deutsche Bank.
SeaWorld Entertainment slid 6.2 percent after the theme park operator reported second-quarter revenue that fell short of Wall Street's expectations.
The dollar was further weighed down on Friday by the soft U.S. inflation data.
Pyongyang said it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a US territory in the Pacific with a military base.
USA crude rose 0.41 per cent to US$48.79 per barrel and Brent was last at US$52.01, up 0.21 per cent.
Concluding with oil, WTI was last 1.0% down on the day, just above $48 a barrel, while Brent crude was 0.9% down, around $51.40 a barrel.
Shares of U.S. department stores Kohl's and Macy's were weak after their results.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trading, while Japan's Nikkei was 1.2 percent lower as the stronger yen sapped investors' appetite. The UK trading session took USD/CHF lower to hit a day low of 0.9630 towards the closing bell, but closed up slightly on the day by 0.03%.
Chinese bluechips lost 1.6 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was 1.9 percent lower. "The North Korea situation appears to be the culprit".
After touching a more than two-month high at US$1,291.86, spot gold last added 0.2 per cent to US$1,288.81 an ounce. Northern Star Resources was up 3 per cent, while Evolution Mining rose 2 per cent, Newcrest Mining gained 2.3 per cent and Resolute Mining rose 2.1 per cent. Westgold Resources was the biggest gainer, rising 6.6 per cent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.22 percent from 2.26 percent late Tuesday.
In terms of forex market movements, the USA currency lost significant ground relative to majors including the yen, sterling and the euro - most notably the latter one - as the news on inflation went public.
The 30-year bond last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.8107 per cent, from 2.818 per cent late on Wednesday. The media giant's stock dropped approximately 5 percent in early trade and shaved off about 43 points from the price-weighted Dow.
The Iranian Parliament on Sunday ratified a motion on countering "US adventurous and terrorist measures in the region". Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi also voiced approval of Rouhani's administration for the bill.
The idea could be a possibility in the near future, as Paris mulls esports as an addition to the 2024 Olympic games . But we won't know if eSports will be in the branches until after the Tokyo Games, that is 2020.
Commenting on the incident, Mandi deputy commissioner Sandeep Kadam said the possibility of more deaths could not be ruled out. Himachal Transport minister GS Bali said the toll could climb to 50 in the incident which took place last night.
As part of its defenses on Guam, the United States installed a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system in 2013. Guam's Homeland Security Adviser George Charfauros urged calm and said defenses are in place for such threats.
The ball bounced high off a rock and settled into what he called "the worst lie I've seen all week" in the deep Bermuda grass. While Kisner was the story early in the day, the weather took the stage as the afternoon wave of players took to the course .
Lim's case at all levels, and we will continue to support him and his family now that he has returned", the statement said. He was sentenced to hard labor for life in December 2015 on charges of attempting to overthrow the Pyongyang regime.
Retailers slid after department stores Macy's and Kohl's both said same-store sales continued to decline in the second quarter. Investors are increasingly nervous: The VIX volatility index, a closely-watched "fear gauge", is up 70% since Tuesday.
Housebuilders Persimmon and Barratt Developments were among the biggest gainers of the day, up 1.58% and 1.02% respectively. In oil, the price of Brent crude sunk by 0.5% to 51.65 USA dollars a barrel amid concerns about over supply in the market.
The Trump administration has characterized Maduro as a dictator and announced sanctions against government officials. " Trump tells reporters at his New Jersey golf course Friday that he's "not going to rule out" a military option".
Mannarino became the fourth established ATP player this week to fall at the hands of the 18-year-old left-handed Canadian. He saved the first with an ace but Ferrer made no mistake with his second set point, converting to take the opener 6-4.
Game of Thrones has released a new batch of photos ahead of episode five " Eastwatch " - and there's no Jaime Lannister in sight. And although Drogon and some of his flames might've been added in post, much of what we see is real.
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The Nasdaq finished the day at 6,216.87, a slide of 135.46, while the S&P 500 lost almost 1.5 percent, ending the day at 2,438.21. Investors bought safe-haven assets such as gold, helping the precious metal touch a two-month high, and the Japanese Yen rose.
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