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13 Agosto 2017, 05:38 | Dolorita Barahona
Gold spikes as N. Korea ignores Trump's 'fire and fury' warning
The Swiss franc, another safe-haven, failed to maintain momentum from earlier days, losing ground relative to the euro and was last broadly flat versus the dollar after dollar/franc fell to a fresh two-week low 0.9582 earlier in the day.
The primary indicator of the week, consumer prices have slightly advanced in the month of July in the United States, but less than expected, according to figures released Friday by the ministry of Labour.
Equities slid and the Swiss franc and some developed-market government bonds advanced as President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" following a series of missile tests by the communist regime, boosting demand for haven assets.
"I will tell you this, North Korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world", Trump said.
And, on the afternoon of Friday, August 11 we hear Trump say a military solution might be sought to deal with North Korea.
The North Korean leadership is claiming that within the next month it will demonstrate its nuclear arsenal by firing missiles around the waters surrounding Guam, a strategic US territory and military complex in the Pacific due south of Japan and South Korea.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent, while Japan's Nikkei was 1.3 percent lower as the stronger yen sapped investors' appetite.
While the conflict between the two countries remains a war of words markets are wary that the threat could escalate, in no small part to the unpredictability of the respective leaders, Trump and Kim Jong Un.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .fteu3 lost 1.11 percent. Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) is posting a notable gain after reporting an increase in July traffic.
The VIX index, which indicates how investors value market risks, has jumped towards 16 after hitting its all-time low below 10 last week.
Declining issues outnumbered advancers on the NYSE by 1 339 to 865. It had gained about 2.8 percent for the week so far.
Trucking and software stocks are also seeing notable strength in mid-day trading, while steel stocks have moved sharply lower on the day.
Toshiba has at last reported earnings for the year ended in March, fending off a delisting for now, but the Japanese conglomerate could still be kicked out of the stock market if it cannot conclude the sale of its memory unit by the end of March.
Mr Trump's remarks on Tuesday that North Korea would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" pushed Wall Street lower, with only utilities making gains and drove the VIX "fear gauge" of expected volatility on the S&P 500 to its highest in nearly a month.
The sell-off is likely to extend into the European session, with financial spreadbetter CMC Markets expecting Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 to open down about 0.7 percent each and Britain's FTSE 100 to start 0.55 percent lower.
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