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13 August 2017, 11:10 | Cesar Cruz
Trump's 'fire and fury' warning hits stocks, lifts Swiss franc and gold
Buying interest is somewhat subdued, however, as the ever-escalating war of words between President Donald Trump and North Korea continues to raise geopolitical concerns.
The three major US stocks indexes were on track to snap a three-day losing streak on Friday, as investors bet that tepid inflation data would stunt USA rate hikes, even as the United States and North Korea stepped up an aggressive war of words.
Trump issued a new warning to Pyongyang on Friday, saying in a tweet: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely".
"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. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 52 points, or 0.2 percent, to 22,032. Broadcom gave up $5.72, or 2.3 percent, to $243.45.
In Europe, the Stoxx 600 Index finished the day with a decline of 1 percent from the previous close.
After a dip of as much as 0.52 per cent earlier in the day, Wall Street's three major indexes bounced off intraday lows.
"Pretty remarkable, perhaps even extraordinary, considering", said Tim Ash, strategist at fund manager BlueBay.
The Dow and S&P 500 clinched record closes on Monday, Aug. 7, marking the 35th all-time high for the Dow this year, a streak not seen since the 38 record closes in 2014.
Travel and media companies led US stocks lower in afternoon trading Wednesday as some rare earnings disappointments weighed on the market.
In currencies, the yen strengthened 0.64 per cent versus the greenback at 109.37 per dollar.
On Thursday, New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley said he expects sluggish US inflation to rise over the next several months while the hot labor market gets even hotter.
"Saber-rattling between two of the world's least predictable leaders caused a wave of risk aversion to wash over global markets, fueling demand for traditional safe harbors", said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. lost 1.58 Canadian dollars (1.24 USA dollars), or 9.4 percent, to 17.89 Canadian dollars (14.09 dollars), after the company said its subsidiaries in Australia were the subject of a tax audit.
Asian equity markets extended a global slide on Friday, sending investors fleeing to less risky assets such the yen, the Swiss franc and US Treasuries.
Phipps said investors were reassured after Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan's said on Friday that the Fed needs more evidence of progress toward its inflation goal before raising rates again.
Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 7/32 in price to yield 2.1888 percent, from 2.211 percent late on Thursday.
The 30-year bond last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.8107 per cent, from 2.818 per cent late on Wednesday.
Gold hit its highest in nearly two months after Trump added to the geopolitical anxiety by boasting of the strength of the USA nuclear arsenal. USA gold futures gained 0.50 percent to $1,296.60 an ounce.
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