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S&P closes barely lower despite N. Korea tensions

US stocks close slightly lower, trimming earlier losses Stocks slide on continued concern over tension between US and North Korea
Malita Javier | 13 Августа, 2017, 22:46

On Thursday, the three major US indexes logged their worst performances since mid-May (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/US-stocks-set-up-for-another-day-of-losses-as-north-korean-tensions-simmer-2017-08-10) in a session dogged by geopolitical concerns. South Korea's KOSPI fell 1.8 percent to almost a three-month low.

"There's not a fundamental reason why what we're seeing out of North Korea right now should affect stock market prices, but it's being used as the reason to sell off right now because we've been looking for it for so long", Schiegoleit said. But the market quickly bounced back, led by numerous tech stocks that were sinking on Thursday.

Franco Nevada Corp rose 3.9 percent to C$95.65, while Barrick Gold Corp was up 1.9 percent at C$21.26. As a result, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, is down by 2.1 basis points at 2.220 percent.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that USA 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 us pacific territory of Guam.

Investors had rushed to safe-haven assets after strongly worded exchanges between Washington and nuclear-armed North Korea late on Tuesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI closed down 204.69 points, or 0.93 per cent, at 21,844.01, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 35.81 points, or 1.45 per cent, to end the session at 2,438.21 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC fell 135.46 points, or 2.13 per cent, to 6,216.87.

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GOT A PULSE: Health care stocks, which have been in a slump, were headed higher. BNY Mellon FX strategist Neil Mellor told Reuters that in recent years, "the market hasn't really reacted to things on the Korean Peninsula" because in the past "it [has been] largely North Korean sabre-rattling".

LACKLUSTER QUARTER: Office Depot sank 24.5 percent after the office supply company's second-quarter results fell short of Wall Street's projections. Asian stocks also fell across the board, while perceived safe-haven assets gold and the Japanese yen, rose. Rival Advanced Micro Devices was also down 2.6 percent.

On Thursday, the CBOE Volatility Index, a barometer of expected near-term stock market volatility, closed at its highest since the USA presidential election.

S&P 500 e-minis were up 1.5 points, or 0.06 percent, with 300,073 contracts traded. Copper fell 2 cents to $2.93 a pound. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.3 percent, while Seoul's Kospi fell 1.1 percent.

The indicated US market moves reflect a selloff across global stock markets Friday.

Across Europe, the Cac 40 in France slid 1.1% while Germany's Dax was flat.

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