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10 Agosto 2017, 05:49 | Bibiana Flor
Despite brightening growth, inflation has been sluggish in major economies including the United States, Europe and Japan, keeping policymakers cautious over tightening monetary policy. Should they start re-allocating, we believe a big move in global gold prices will inevitably ensue. India's Sensex tumbled 0.7 percent to 32,035.02 and shares in Southeast Asia were mixed. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is due to report its crude oil inventories later in the session.
Korea's Kospistock benchmark lost 1.1% as geopolitical concerns grew, clipping its year-to-date gain to 16.9%.
The Russell 2000 is up 53.02 points, or 3.9 percent.
Travel companies Priceline.com and TripAdvisor also weighed on markets, with shares falling more than 7%.
Networking, semiconductor, and internet stocks are also seeing some weakness, while gold stocks are moving notably higher amid a jump by the price of the precious metal.
Considerable weakness is also visible among tobacco stocks, as reflected by the 1.1% drop by the NYSE Arca Tobacco Index.
Utilities closed up 0.3 percent while the materials sector .SPLRCM was the S&P's biggest loser with a 0.9-percent drop. The UK's FTSE 100 Index increased 0.1%, France's CAC 40 Index rose 0.2% and Germany's DAX Index added 0.3%.
Regional stocks remained lower throughout the session after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an explicit threat to strike a USA military base in Guam (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/north-korea-threatens-missile-strike-on-us-base-on-guam-2017-08-08). The common currency had lost about 0.4 percent overnight after news US job openings surged to a record in June reinforced Friday's robust payrolls data and supported the greenback.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.18 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.19 percent after touching a record intraday high.
After starting this week on a stable note and rising to fresh two-year highs on Tuesday, Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index pulled back on August 9. Treasurys rallied, pushing the 10-year yield down by 4 basis points to 2.237%.
Gold rose 0.6 per cent to $1,268 an ounce. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, gained 10 cents to $52.24 in London.
The Swiss franc last stood at 1.1332 per euro, down slightly on the day.
But the safe-haven Japanese yen strengthened 0.33 percent versus the greenback at 110.39 per dollar.
Cool Morning, Warm Afternoon... Comfortable Humidity!
This afternoon and early evening, we will see some thunderstorm development with an occasional gusty wind over 40 miles per hour . More showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight into Thursday , when highs should reach the mid-80s.
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