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Department store operator J.C. Penney (JCP) is also among the companies due to report their results before the start of trading on Friday.
The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index closed down 143.08 points, or 0.94 per cent, at 15,074.25, its lowest close since July 7. For the week, the index lost over 3% to register its biggest weekly loss since February of 2016.
In the National Capital, gold of 99.9 and 99.5 per cent purity gained Rs 30 each to Rs 30,050 and Rs 29,900 per 10 grams, respectively.
Barrick Gold Corp rose 2.3 per cent to C$21.74 as the price of gold, a safe-haven asset, reached its highest levels in two months.
USA producer prices unexpectedly recorded their biggest drop in almost a year, and the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week.
"A global stock marketfund will have its fair share of value and growth companies, unlike -say- the FTSE 100 index which is predominately value-orientated with its bias towards energy, mining and financial, or the Japanese TOPIX which is growth-orientated with a predominance of consumer goods companies". "If you think this is just rattling sabers, and it's just words, then you could view this as a buying opportunity".
The stage was set for the USA indexes to go lower early Wednesday as investors around the world reacted to the rising war of words between the US and North Korea, pushing global market indexes lower.
US President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea, saying American weapons were "locked and loaded" as Pyongyang accused him of driving the Korean Peninsula to the brink of nuclear war.
North Korea raised the stakes further on Thursday with a detailed plan to send a salvo of missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The focus on North Korea largely overshadowed a Labor Department report showing an unexpected drop in United States producer prices in the month of July. "There are four more (inflation) prints between now and the December FOMC meeting and we expect the Fed to remain data-dependent, if a touch more cautious", TD Securities said in a note.
Sterling was last trading at $1.3007, up 0.25 percent on the day. They outweighed gains in health care stocks and elsewhere. It has been the leading S&P gainer so far this year, making it particularly vulnerable to a decline.
On average, the S&P 500 falls 5% or more every 10 weeks and the index falls 10% every 33 weeks, according to data analyzed by AllianceBernstein going back to 1928.
Investors instead turned to safe-haven assets such as gold, pushing it to a two-month high, and the Japanese yenJPY= rose.
The CBOE Volatility Index, the most widely followed barometer of expected near-term US stock market volatility, rose the most in about 12 weeks.
Shares of staffing firm Adecco slumped 6.4 per cent after its results.
"Physical demand has declined tremendously since the implementation of GST from July 1". Seagate Technology was up 2.2 percent.
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