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The CBOE Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term USA stock market volatility, hit its highest mark since November 8, when Trump was elected president.
Overnight the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wall Street fell 0.2% to 22,085.34, ending a winning streak of 10-consecutive record high closes.
The FTSE 100 fell by more than 100 points as global investors continued to act on North Korea-related jitters.
The Nasdaq composite lost 18.13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,352.33.
Companies going ex-dividend on Thursday trimmed 41.3 points off the index, with names including Anglo American, AstraZeneca, Barclays, BT, GSK, Lloyds, Rio Tinto and Royal Dutch Shell.
Markets were also lower in Europe and Asia. Health care and consumer-focused companies were among the biggest laggards.
Technology companies, which have been the biggest gainers this year as the market hit a succession of record highs, led the broad slide.
USA stocks also fell, lingering in negative territory the entire session, but notching smaller declines than in overseas markets.
Gold prices held steady after touching their highest in over two months on Friday and were on track for a weekly gain, buoyed as rising tensions between the United States and North Korea triggered safe-haven buying.
Financial markets tumbled for a third straight day, as disappointing earnings and an exchange of threats between North Korea and the USA pushed investors out of stocks.
North Korea seemed unfazed by the president's bluster, however, as state media carried a statement indicating the communist nation is "carefully examining" a plan to strike the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam. Prices for bonds and gold headed higher. But the moves were modest.
Dudley also cautioned that "it's going to take some time" for inflation to rise to the central bank's 2 percent target even as he offered a generally positive outlook for the USA economy, job market and price pressures.
ANALYST'S TAKE: The U.S.jobs figure "was through the roof" and the NFIB survey "painted a much better picture for the U.S. economy than most believed", said Stephen Innes of OANDA in a report. "I would expect the markets to react again pretty negatively to any more tough talk from either side, but for now, everybody seems to have settled down, and we'll see what happens".
REA Group shares fell $4.07 cents, or almost six per cent, to $64.35 after its full-year net profit slipped 19 per cent to $206.3 million. The stock lost $142.20 to $1,906.80.
Dow member Disney dropped 3.9 percent as it reported flat third-quarter revenues due in part to weakness in its cable subscription business.
In the United Kingdom, gold mining stocks Randgold Resource and Fresnillo were among the few to gain - up 2.8% and 4.9%.
The dollar index fell 0.1 percent, with the euro up 0.01 percent to $1.175.
Japanese markets were closed for a holiday but the yen powered on, hitting an eight-week high of 108.91 yen to the US dollar, adding to its biggest weekly gain since May. Brent crude, the worldwide standard, lost 23 cents to $52.14 a barrel in London.
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