Stock markets extend losses at open

On Friday, the S&P 500 rose 3.11 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,441.32.

Canada's main stock index fell to its lowest close in a month on Thursday as oil prices fell and investors sought refuge in safe-haven assets amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.

A man watches a television screen showing U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station on Thursday.

This week has seen its biggest rise since June 2016. The S&P is looking at a drop of 1.4%, its worst week since March. Still, all three gauges are within 5 percentage points of record levels.

Japanese markets were closed for a holiday but the yen powered on, hitting an eight-week high of 108.91 yen to the dollar, adding to its biggest weekly gain since May. But was retreating in recent trade.

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Geopolitics aside, investors were also focused on USA economic data and monetary policy, following the release of inflation data, Erlam said. "And while risks remain elevated from a geopolitical perspective, valuations are not necessarily excessive, though full".

News Corporation's locally listed shares tumbled 5.6 per cent after filing a full year loss of $817 million in the U.S. as the traditional newspaper business continued to be a drag on the digital side of the business.

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The dollar weakened after news that U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in July, recording their biggest drop in almost a year and pointing to a further moderation in inflation that could delay a Federal Reserve interest rate increase.

While stocks have declined this week, the sell-off has not been dramatic.

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Nvidia Corp.(NVDA) shares fell 5.5%, even after the chip maker posted upbeat earnings late Thursday. Apple is still up 35% for 2017 and hovers near a record high. The stock has more than doubled over the past 12 months, gaining more than 160%.

THE QUOTE: "Risk-averse sentiment is dominating global equities markets, and USA indices have retraced from record levels over the last two days".

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Ongoing global glut concerns lingered in oil markets despite a bigger-than-expected draw in US crude inventories, leaving prices volatile.

There have been some markets which have benefitted from the US-North Korean sabre rattling. Investors "have lost the taste for risk when North Korea has threatened to launch four medium range missiles over Japan and crashed near the american island of Guam, in the Pacific, wielding a threat extremely seriously", summarised analysts at National Bank Financial. It is expected to be issued at 8:30 a.m. ET (GMT). On August 10, it rose 44.4% to 16.0. The precious metal is often used as a safe-haven investment in times of economic uncertainty.

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