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Korean tensions keep yen near eight-week highs

Sveva Terracina | 12 Agosto, 2017, 14:28

Prices for bonds and gold headed higher.

The CBOE Volatility Index .VIX , a barometer of expected near-term stock market volatility, closed at its highest since the election.

These funds then begin to make their way towards gold, dollar, yen and the swiss franc as these are considered to be safe havens. The S&P 500 declined 1.45% to end at 2,438.21, with information technology and financials leading the way lower.

South Korea's won currency dropped 0.9% against the dollar to its lowest close since July 13. Investors "have lost the taste for risk when North Korea has threatened to launch four medium range missiles over Japan and crashed near the american island of Guam, in the Pacific, wielding a threat extremely seriously", summarised analysts at National Bank Financial.

The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents US, down 0.04 of a USA cent.

The market also awaited U.S. consumer inflation data on Friday that would offer more clues about the pace of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary tightening.

In Japan, core machinery orders dropped 1.9% on month in June, well below the 3.7% gain seen and fell at 5.2% pace annually compared to a 1.0% drop seen. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 13.20 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,396.95.

Many Asian currencies struggled, with the Korean won heading for its sharpest fall in almost eight weeks.


The dollar index fell 0.14 percent, with the euro unchanged at $1.1757.

Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street after several companies reported disappointing results.

FIRE AND FURY: Keeping up his tough talk, Trump told reporters that Kim Jong Un's government should "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild.

Away from the futures market, London-based gold bullion traders also reported brisk buying by worldwide investors.

Similar to the S&P 500, the Nasdaq Composite Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also started the day lower and trended lower on August 10. It was down 0.2% at 108.98 yen, after retreating 0.7% yesterday.

Gold prices, which hit a two-month low on Thursday, were steady at $1,286.31 an ounce, after surging over 2 percent in the past two sessions.

Macy's M.N shares closed down 10.2 per cent and Kohl's KSS.N fell nearly 6 per cent as the companies continued to report a drop in quarterly same-store sales, stoking concerns that their turnarounds may still be a long way off.

But the S&P Bank sub-sector.SPXBK fell 0.7 percent on dimming prospects of another rate hike this year since higher rates tend to boost bank profits.

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