S&P closes barely lower despite North Korea tensions

Trump pounds North Korea

Trump pounds North Korea

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 36.64 points, or 0.17 percent, to end at 22,048.7, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 0.9 point, or 0.04 percent, to 2,474.02 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC dropped 18.13 points, or 0.28 percent, to 6,352.33.

'Stock markets in Europe are still under pressure because of the heightened tensions surrounding North Korea, ' said David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK.

Investors' unease over escalating tensions between the US and North Korea had weighed on stocks earlier in the day, pushing gold and bond prices slightly higher.

The technology sector was the biggest weight on the S&P 500 index with a 1.9-percent drop. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.2 percent.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.29-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.47-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

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The data comes amid tepid inflation that has remained below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target, despite low unemployment. The major indexes were coming off their biggest single-day decline since May 17.

THE QUOTE: "Risk-averse sentiment is dominating global equities markets, and US indices have retraced from record levels over the last two days". But was retreating in recent trade.

Tensions with North Korea appear to have finally shaken the confidence of USA investors, after the S&P 500 opened 0.8% lower, threatening to end its 15-day streak with a closing streak of more than 0.3%, a 90-year record.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond fell to 2.2% and is approaching its lowest level of the year. Asian and European stocks continued the sharp decline Friday.

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North Korea on Thursday outlined details for a missile strike near the USA territory of Guam, adding fuel to rising tensions with the United States. They suggest the US and China, a North Korean ally, could work together to de-escalate the situation.

"If the USA and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so", the editorial's authors said.

Large retailers Macy's and Kohl's tumbled on Thursday after they reported disappointing second-quarter results.

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region saw further downside during trading on Thursday.

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Safe-haven assets gained following the rising geopolitical tensions.

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