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10 Agosto 2017, 05:04 | Bibiana Flor

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York U.S

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York U.S

Outside the United States, the Euro Stoxx 50 was down 1.6% and the FTSE 100 was almost 1% lower in London.

"Although risk aversion was felt in Europe, the toning down of language saw a recovery in the US (session)", National Australia Bank economist Tapas Strickland said in a Thursday note.

"The markets are looking for direction after Wednesday's sharp moves and geopolitical concerns will dominate investor mindsets in the coming days", said Esther Maria Reichelt, an FX strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is within range of massed North Korean rockets and artillery, which would be impossible to destroy in a first US strike. Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market.

The Dow Jones has snapped its winning streak and the other two USA major indices closed lower as well after President Donald Trump warned North Korea against making threats to the United States.

The Dow Jones industrial average broke a 10-day streak of record highs on Tuesday, closing down by 0.2%, or 33 points.

Geopolitical woes between the United States and North Korea escalated overnight following announcements by the presidents of both countries.

Investors' unease over escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea had weighed on stocks earlier in the day, pushing gold and bond prices slightly higher. Pyongyang said it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific that has a US military base.

The S&P fell as much as 0.52 per cent at its session low.

France's CAC 40 fell 1.4 percent after a auto hit a group of soldiers in a Parisian suburb in what was said to be a deliberate act, while Germany's DAX was also down 1.1 percent as bond yields fell. The consumer discretionary index was one of its biggest losers with a 0.47 percent drop.

Among sectors, the basic materials (down 0.66%) and technology (down 0.52%) had the biggest fall in the STOXX 600.

Meanwhile, 10-year U.S. Treasury yields edged higher to around 2.25 percent after slipping overnight.

Benchmark U.S. crude fell 22 cents to $49.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The pound bought $1.3010, up slightly from $1.2993 late Tuesday in NY. Netflix lost 1.5 per cent.

In commodities, crude oil lost momentum after rising overnight on data pointing to declining USA inventories.

Gold futures for December delivery climbed 1.3 per cent to settle at $1,279.30 (U.S.) an ounce on the Comex in NY.

The financial index had risen earlier in the session after the Labor Department said USA job openings, a measure of labor demand, jumped to a record high in June to the highest level since December 2000.



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