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.
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.
USA destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea
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.
Trump White House to look into China's trade practices
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".
Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged Democrats to "park their hatred of Donald Trump" while the threats by North Korea loom. As with seen perhaps most notably at a CNN debate in 2015, when conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Mr.
The Yankees placed Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list for right shoulder inflammation, the team announced on Saturday. A day earlier, the playoff-contending Yankees put starter CC Sabathia on the DL because of inflammation in his right knee.
The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink . Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 271,034 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,369,760.84.
Cork, who started his professional career at Chelsea , joined Burnley on a permanent deal from Swansea City earlier this summer. The central headed home Chris Brunt's free-kick on 31 minutes and that was enough to see off Eddie Howe's men.
Finally, Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its position in iShares Russell 1000 Value Index by 11.6% in the second quarter. The institutional investor owned 41,794 shares of the exchange traded fund's stock after selling 3,765 shares during the period.
While the US position is that North Korea must ultimately give up its nukes, the North insists it must keep them. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.
Bonsignore: Sammy Watkins is Rams' gift to Jared Goff
Watkins is reunited with former Bills wideout Robert Woods in Los Angeles and is expected to fill the team's top receiver role. The Bills' secondary did need to improve, as last season, they ranked 20th in Adjusted Defensive Passing NEP per play.
Chelsea inicia la defensa del título en casa ante Burnley
El vigente campeón de la Premier League perdió en casa 3-2 ante el sorprendente Burnley en el reinicio de la temporada 2017/2018. Sam Vokes tomó una pelota de aire y definió cruzado para poner a los 24 minutos la apertura del marcador.
Para no olvidar: guía útil sobre las PASO del domingo
La veda comenzara a regir a las 08 de la mañana, del día viernes, es decir 48 horas antes del inicio de las elecciones . Según establece la Constitución Nacional en su artículo 37, el sufragio es universal, secreto y obligatorio .
Matic sale to Man Utd 'surprised' Lampard
People at the club seemed to mull it over for quite a while and then out of respect for Petr and what he'd done, and the situation with [Thibaut] Courtois, they let him go.
Missing inmate caught in Butler County
Authorities searched Wednesday morning for a "dangerous" inmate who disappeared from the Winfield Correctional Facility. Lewis Mitchell, 53, was taken back into custody after a man hunt that lasted most of the day in rural Douglass .
Wenger 'not super optimistic' on Sanchez
Arsenal must not repeat the same mistake they did when selling Robin van Persie with Alexis Sanchez , Paul Merson has warned. I just think we are not open - what I said many times - to any offers, anyway.
S&P falls 1.4 percent in safety flight on North Korea tensions
Japan is the world's biggest creditor country and there is an assumption that investors there will repatriate funds in a crisis. The Dow and S&P 500 inched higher on the day but they both posted their largest weekly percentage drops since late March.