Marcha 19, 2018

Dow streak of records ends amid US-North Korea tensions

10 Agosto 2017, 01:35 | Dolorita Barahona

Trump pounds North Korea

Trump pounds North Korea

The Swiss franc rallied hard against the euro and the USA dollar on Wednesday, as increased tensions between the United States and North Korea led investors to look for assets deemed as less risky.

President Donald Trump warned North Korea, saying that any provocation and threats "will be met with fire and fury".

Shares of Dow component Walt Disney were down 4.94 percent in premarket trading after the company said it will stop providing new movies to Netflix and launch its own streaming service. Disappointing company earnings also helped pull the market lower, with financial and consumer-focused companies outweighing gains among health care stocks.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were down 0.22%, S&P 500 futures fell 0.4%, and Nasdaq futures slipped 0.67%.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index lost 0.77 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.37 percent.

TIME OUT: Fossil tumbled 23.7 percent after the watch maker said sales continued to weaken, falling short of analysts' estimates.

Valeant's stock, which rallied a day before following quarterly results, sank 9.6 percent to C$17.85 after it said its subsidiaries in Australia were the subject of a tax audit.

After a few days of consolidation and ranging, we saw a day of action in the gold prices yesterday.

The biggest fallers were G4S down 24.7p to 305.9p, Standard Chartered down 20.9p to 783.1p, Prudential down 44p to 1,841.5p, Shire down 92p to 3,945p.

Meanwhile, European stocks were sliding, with French and German benchmarks losing at least 1.2% each.

Mr Trump has engaged in an escalating battle of threats with North Korea in recent days, after the communist country vowed to retaliate against the U.S. for sanctions that could impact as much as a third of its economy. While the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index has fallen by 0.6 percent, the German DAX Index is down by 1.1 percent and the French CAC 40 Index is down by 1.5 percent.

BONDS: Bond prices rose.

In the latest United States economic data, the Labour Department's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, showed job openings rose by 461,000 to a seasonally adjusted 6.2 million, a record high.

Spot gold rose 0.6% to US$1,267.79 per ounce at 1004 GMT, while United States gold futures for December delivery rose 0.9% to US$1,273.50 per ounce.

Tillerson added that there were no new threats to the island territory. Wholesale gasoline was little changed at $1.62 a gallon, heating oil rose 2 cents to $1.65 a gallon and natural gas rose 6 cents to $2.88 per 1,000 cubic feet. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, added 26 cents to $52.96.

The Japanese yen strengthened 0.35 per cent versus the greenback at 109.94 per dollar. The euro slid to $1.1742 from $1.1752.

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