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Stock markets slip as North Korea tensions build

Stock markets slip as North Korea tensions build Stock markets slip as North Korea tensions build
Malita Javier | 12 Agosto, 2017, 23:43

The market's main safe-haven, gold, hit a two-month high of $1,278 an ounce amid the nervousness.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down less than 0.1 percent to finish at 19,729.74.

Nevertheless, the geopolitical uncertainty looks set to continue, dealers said, following Trump's fresh warning Friday that the USA military is "locked and loaded" in the event of a misstep by the totalitarian state.

Macy's stock has reversed earlier losses, now up 1.4% in pre-market trading.

Missile makers Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have outperformed Wall Street by nearly 4 percent in recent days and the Dow Jones U.S. defence index is at a record high and on a seven-day unbroken run of gains.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that US threats from Pyongyang would be met with "fire and fury", which prompted North Korea to say it was considering plans for a missile strike on the USA pacific territory of Guam.

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European stock markets fell further in opening trade on Friday on intensifying fears over North Korea, dealers said.

The reclusive state raised the stakes further on Thursday with a detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the USA territory of Guam.

The Nasdaq Composite Index plunged 2.1% to 6216.87 and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index dropped 1.45% to 2438.21.

Wall Street put a floor under global equities on Friday after a weak inflation reading brought investors back into USA stocks even as tensions between the United States and North Korea continued to escalate, though the geopolitical fears still drove safe-haven buying of gold and the yen.

Selling was broad. Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE 6-to-1; on Nasdaq, a 3.60-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The CBOE Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term stock market volatility, closed at its highest in about a month. In the previous session, USA stocks finished in the red. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dipped 1.1 percent to 27,444.00.

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The country's Defense Ministry also lambasted the US move, calling it a "provocative act" that had seriously damaged mutual trust. Geng reiterated that the U.S. provocation would force China to take further measures to strengthen homeland defense capacity.

"Trump has upped the ante so the market is having to price in possible military intervention", said Jasper Lawler, head of research, at London Capital Group, in a note.

Investors await the headline U.S.consumer inflation data for July for more clues about future Fed decisions. He also said the nuclear-armed nation should be "very, very nervous" if it even thinks about attacking the United States or its allies.

At 5.00 a.m. ET, U.S. crude hovered around $49.40 per barrel, while Brent stood around $52.37. Brent crude, used to price global oils, gained 10 cents to $52.24 in London.

S&P 500 e-minis were down 9.25 points, or 0.37 percent, with 296,288 contracts traded.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

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An investigation by Lighthizer could possibly lead to tariffs against China and action through the World Trade Organization. Trump tweeted Friday that military solutions are "locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".

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