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Gold hovers near two-month highs on N.Korea tensions

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"Trump's response was aggressive and that's why the (stock) market turned lower", said Ken Polcari, director of the NYSE floor division at O'Neil Securities. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman all rose and the Dow Jones U.S. defense index .DJUSDN was up 1.6 percent after hitting a record high. While, the pan-European Stoxx 600 was down by 0.05%.

James Mattis's comments come after a threat by Pyongyang that it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike the US Pacific territory of Guam, where the US runs a naval base and Coast Guard station.

President Donald Trump is stressing the United States' nuclear capabilities, saying "there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

ASIA'S DAY: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.3 per cent to 19,738.71 and Seoul's Kospi fell 1.1 per cent to 2,368.39. The Shanghai Composite slipped 0.4 percent to 3,261.75. The consumer discretionary index .SPLRCD was one of its biggest losers with a 0.47 percent drop. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dipped 1.1 percent to 27,444.00.

Early indications from US futures prices suggest a slight dip at the opening bell for the Dow Jones Industrial Average of around 0.11%, with slightly larger pullbacks anticipated for the broader S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

USA stocks closed lower on Tuesday after Trump's comments sparked a late afternoon selling.

That flight to safety also helped lift the Japanese yen and gold prices, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an explicit threat to strike a USA military base in Guam on Wednesday.

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

The back-and-forth came on the heels of reports the US intelligence community has determined North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.

In Europe, the pan-continental STOXX 600 index fell 0.9 percent, with falls deepening after a vehicle rammed a group of soldiers in Paris, injuring six, in what officials said was a suspected terrorist attack.

CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 109.77 yen from Tuesday's 110.34.

The euro EURUSD, -0.3146% dipped to $1.1721, compared with $1.1760 late Wednesday in NY.

The 10-year notes last fell 3/32 in price to yield 2.2655 percent, from 2.257 percent late on Monday.

ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude gained 28 cents to $49.84 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Oil prices rose before a report expected to show US crude stocks fell for a sixth week.

Copper rose 1.05 percent to $6,481.50 a tonne.

The kiwi had jumped briefly to levels above $0.7370 in early Asian trade on Thursday, after the RBNZ said it still expected inflation to rise gradually as capacity pressures increase, dousing some expectations it would strike a more dovish tone given recent soft economic data.

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