Shares hit by US-North Korea tensions

Federal Hall's George Washington statue stands near the

Federal Hall's George Washington statue stands near the flag-covered pillars of the NYSE

Other companies were also up; Newcrest Mining moved 2.3%, Resolute Mining 2.1% and Evolution Mining rose 2%.

The ongoing political crisis that has seen North Korea state it was seeking to strike the US Pacific island territory of Guam within days, prompted gold speculator Dennis Gartman, editor and publisher of The Gartman Letter to say he believed gold was on the cusp on a significant break out. Oil prices veered lower as early gains faded.

The Dow Jones industrial average lost 204 points, marking three consecutive day of losses.

Auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis Co. was up 1.78 percent, and Naver, the operator of the country's top Internet portal, gained 0.13 percent. The stock lost $142.20, to $1,906.80.

Japanese, British and US 10-year government bond yields are also at or close to their lowest level since late June.

TECH SLIDE: Losses among technology stocks led the market slide. Netflix also fell, giving up $2.58, or 1.4 percent, to $175.78.

News that USA producer prices unexpectedly fell in July earlier helped send the dollar lower. The fact that ended with a 1%-plus drop, however, might be good news.

Heading into Thursday, some 89 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported quarterly results. Its shares tumbled $13.09 to $60.25. Kohl's also declined, sliding $3.62, or 8.6 percent, to $38.31. The stock fell $1.07 to $5.17. The local gold bullion price rose by 150 baht per baht-weight of gold to 20,250 baht per baht weight. The yield - or interest rate - on a benchmark 10-year US Treasury bill dropped to 2.24%, while a 10-year German bund was yielding 0.43%.

OIL: Crude oil gave up early gains.

CURRENCIES: The euro slipped 0.1 percent to $1.1176 while the dollar was steady at 109.20 yen. It added 39 cents to $49.56 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, added 21 cents to $52.91. Globally, gold rose 0.23 per cent to Dollars 1,288.70 an ounce in NY in yesterday's trade. The annual rate stood at 1.8%, which was below the 1.9% observed last month and the forecast of 2.1%.

Japanese financial markets will be closed Friday for a national holiday.

Dow e-minis were down 24 points, or 0.11 percent, with 22,166 contracts changing hands.

London's FTSE 100 dipped by about 90 points, or more than 1%, in morning trading on Friday, adding to a slump of more than 100 points the day before and taking it to its lowest level since May. Alliance Data Systems fell $6.28, or 2.7 percent, to $225.64. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 was down 1.13%.

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