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Investors flocked to gold Wednesday against the backdrop of rising tensions between the USA and North Korea, offsetting some of the broad-based declines on the commodity-heavy Toronto stock index.
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.
"North Korea is being used as a reason to sell Japanese stocks, just as it was used yesterday in the United States", said Soichiro Monji from Daiwa SB Investments in Tokyo.
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"Too many past administrations have kicked the can down the road and we've finally come to the end of the road where North Korea has nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them", he said.
The positive earnings helped lift US stocks to record highs.
Investors also kept an eye on tech stocks, as the year's best-performing sector dropped more than 1 percent.
In the eurozone, the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.3 percent compared with the closing level on Wednesday.
On Thursday, New YorkFederal 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.
Trump's unexpected remarks prompted North Korea to respond by saying it was considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
USA president Donald Trump has thwarted the Dow Jones' nine-day winning streak with threats of "fire and fury" against North Korea as the Vix reaches a monthly high. The US currency found only limited support from a speech by New York Fed President William Dudley, who reiterated the Fed's expectations that inflation will rise to 2% over the medium term. At 9:08 a.m. ET (1308 GMT), the Canadian dollar was trading at $1.2693 to the greenback, or 78.78 US cents, down 0.2 per cent. However, if the US/ North Korean tensions continue to escalate then we would look for further Asian stock declines in the coming days. The 10-year German bund yield traded at 0.426 percent while the 10-year USA yield declined to 2.24 percent.
A series of downbeat corporate reports also weighed on USA stocks.
Brent crude, used to price global oils, slid 80 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $51.90. WTI crude was up 0.3% at $49.72 a barrel in late European session, while Brent crude was 0.8% firmer at $53.13 a barrel. The price of a single bitcoin hit an all-time high of above $3,500 this week, dragging up the value of hundreds of newer, smaller digital rivals in its wake. "The standing committee collectively acknowledged the need for a stringent state of security in the region due to Pyongyang's recent continual provocations, and urged North Korea to immediately stop taking actions that are raising tensions".
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Futures pointed to further declines on Wall Street, with S&P 500 futures down 0.4 percent and Dow futures falling 0.3 percent. North Korea immediately called Trump's rhetoric a "load of nonsense" that was aggravating a grave situation.