The CBOE VolatilityIndex .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.
The Federal Reserve is likely to scale back on its expected pace of interest rate hikes if inflation continues to be soft. Shanghai posted its biggest one-day drop since December while Seoul stocks again ended deep in negative territory.
He is set to mark his debut for his new side in next Sunday's Premier League encounter against Brighton at the AMEX Stadium . Five teams to keep an eye on in the English Premier League , which starts on Friday.
Mr Trump's comments sparked a late afternoon selling on Tuesday , with the Dow ending a nine-day streak of closing records. In other precious metals, silver surged 1.7 pe rcent to $17.20 an ounce after hitting $17.24, its highest since June 14.
The latest sell-off was the most severe yet, amounting to the biggest single-day drop for the stock market in almost three months. Yet given the military power of both nations, there is no surprise we are seeing markets shift out of risk assets".
However, it was still the worst week since March for the Dow and S&P, and the worst week since June for the Nasdaq. China's inflation eased slightly in July and producer price inflation remained stable on rising commodity prices.
And when sunlight was completely blocked during one eclipse, scientists in Mexico observed orb spiders tearing down their webs. A total solar eclipse's path of totality has touched the United States eight times since 1900, perhaps most notably in 1918.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale picked up that point, saying building bridges between communities had never been more important. The Australian government has agreed not to push ahead with a postal vote on equal marriage before a legal challenge is heard.
The director unfolds the heartland story in an ordinary way where aspects like open defecation are a part of life. Keshav ( Akshay Kumar ), a 36-years old man raring to get married, has many astrological problems in his kundali.
He still hit the ball well enough to grab two birdies late in the round that enabled him to keep the damage to a minimum. I just tried to bounce it up the path. "I had a good week in France, but besides that, I haven't really had the results.
We are working very well to try to do this. "[They have improved from last year] in the way they work in the training session". I expect him to play with Chelsea , it is not the right moment to lose a player.
Delegates are likely to issue a statement condemning the Trump administration's new sanctions on several of its delegates. The nation's armed forces were instrumental in ensuring that the ANC elections could proceed successfully and safely.
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