He said the crisis provided a "perfect trigger" for a correction at a time when many markets - including the FTSE 100 - were at or around record highs, leaving them vulnerable to a sell-off if investors think it is time to take profits. "You're less than 2 per cent off the high for the S&P heading into a weekend where uncertainty with North Korea still lingers".
Although Japan could be in the front line of any clash with North Korea, the yen is benefitting because Japan is the world's biggest creditor nation and Japanese investors tend to repatriate funds in times of stress, attracting other flows.
Australian stock futures dropped 1.2 percent and New Zealand stocks slid 1.1 percent.
The dollar was up 0.05 percent to 109.25 yen, after earlier falling to a sixteen-week low following data showing US consumer prices rose less than expected in July.
USA stock indexes opened lower on Wednesday as investors turned risk averse. Since the beginning of 2017, the barometer index of the S&P 500 had only two sessions of declines of 1 % or more.
The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents US, down 0.04 of a USA cent. Germany's DAX fared better, trading only 0.2 percent lower at 11,989.
Ongoing tensions between North Korea and the United States weighted on stock markets once again Friday.
Pakistan blast: 15 dead, dozens injured in blast in Quetta
The ISPR further said that incendiary explosives were used in the attack and that was the reason why nearby vehicles caught fire. Some of the injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta and an emergency was declared in hospitals in the vicinity.
"If the data continues to come in on the softer side, the market might start to price the Fed staying on hold this year", said Sireen Harajli, FX strategist at Mizuho in NY.
Concerns over geopolitical risks probably led investors to pare back bearish bets against the yen and the Swiss franc, said Satoshi Okagawa, senior global markets analyst for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Singapore, referring to the gains in those currencies on Wednesday.
European equities on Thursday did not find much relief from a pullback in the euro, with the shared currency buying $1.1730, down from $1.760 late Wednesday in NY. The next key data on focus will be tomorrow's CPI figures which should shed more light on the path of the USA inflation.
Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.194 percent, from 2.211 percent late on Thursday. US gold futures gained 0.26 percent to $1,293.50 an ounce. It was on course for an over 5% weekly rise, the highest such gain since July 2016.
Struggling conglomerate Toshiba rose 3.20 percent to sit at 290 yen on expectations that it will meet a deadline to submit its long-delayed financial results, easing fears the embattled stock will be delisted from Japan's premier exchange.
Ongoing global glut concerns lingered in oil markets despite a bigger-than-expected draw in United States crude inventories, leaving prices volatile.
The game between Swansea and Southampton had no goals , while Wayne Rooney bagged the victor as Everton saw off Stoke City 1-0. Mounie capped a dream debut with another goal after the break to earn David Wagner's newly-promoted team an impressive win.
In the last one week, cordon-and-search operations were conducted in Jiddari-Polo, Muna Garage, Jakana, and several other areas. According to the Army, the clearance operations have been yielding successes, the Punch reports .
The MQM leaders during the meeting demanded that their workers in custody be released and their sealed offices opened. He also directed that the ongoing federal projects in the Sindh Province should be completed as soon as possible.
China, however, is easily North Korea's biggest trading partner and economic benefactor, and helped design the sanctions package. The revenue from these different sectors is believed to fund North Korea's expensive ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
On average, equities analysts anticipate that Kinross Gold Corporation will post $0.09 earnings per share for the current year. Contrarius Investment Management Ltd boosted its position in shares of Kinross Gold Corporation by 4.0% in the second quarter.
Guwahati: Nearly 3.55 lakh people in 15 districts have been affected badly by a fresh wave of floods in Assam. Rivers in south Sikkim are also likely to flow in moderate flood situation during the period.
Japan is the world's biggest creditor country and there is an assumption that investors there will repatriate funds in a crisis. In Europe, France's CAC 40 fell 1.6 percent to 5,135 while Germany's DAX was down 1.3 percent at 12,133.
In the second match, the player surrendered themselves, and the third time refused to play by asking "complete mockery" of it. Dota 2 is normally played as a 5-vs-5 team game, so limiting the bot to a 1-on-1 match greatly reduces the complexity.
Postol during an interview with Newsweek called the missiles "a hoax", although Friday's report doesn't use that language. He is right: This time, North Korea has detailed plans for a missile test that would land in the waters near Guam.
Rahul Gandhi bets on Congress win in Karnataka poll
But I would like to inform the opposition that; other than BJP no other party is capable of ruling the government or Centre. Total 176 MLAs voted in the crucial elections, but two votes were declared invalid.
Trump to launch investigation into China trade violations
CNN also reported that Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping about the expected executive action in a phone call on Friday. The administration has been eyeing other moves to rebalance the U.S. "And I think China will do a lot more".