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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned North Korea that the US would win any arms race Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned North Korea that the US would win any arms race
Sveva Terracina | 13 Agosto, 2017, 17:49

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 36.64 points, or 0.17 per cent, to 22,048.7, the S&P 500 lost 0.9 points, or 0.04 per cent, to 2,474.02 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 18.13 points, or 0.28 per cent, to 6,352.33.

Even so, Wall Street remains near record highs.

A Labor Department report showed its producer price index posted a surprise drop in July, down 0.1% for the largest slide in nearly a year. In particular, July headline inflation came in at 0.1% month-month in July, falling short of expectations for CPI growth to stand at 0.2% - still this was better than June's 0.0%. Core inflation that excludes volatile food and energy items grew at a pace of 0.1% m/m, the same as in June but below the forecasted 0.2%.

Geopolitical concerns took centre stage once again after President Donald Trump issued a new round of comments against North Korea.

Japan said on Tuesday it was possible that North Korea had already developed nuclear warheads and warned of an acute threat posed by its weapons programs as Pyongyang's continues missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions.

"I think what the President was doing was sending a strong message to North Korea", Tillerson said.

Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman said a joint military exercise between the US and South Korea was expected to start, as planned, on 21 August.

"Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path!"


An index of 15 gold miners tracked by Bloomberg Intelligence climbed 1.1 percent, led by Toronto-based Yamana Gold Inc. Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) is posting a notable gain after reporting an increase in July traffic. 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 euro touched a one-month low of 128.19 yen earlier on Friday.

Seven of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were higher, with the technology's 0.36% rise leading the advancers.

Japan's Yen is another victor with USD/JPY dropping from the 111 region right down to the 109's we are presently seeing.

If the decline continues, Paulsen said, it will be "a good buying opportunity".

Asian markets swooned from the opening bell, and closed in the red.

The phenomenon can also be seen in the spread between indexes by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. that divide companies according to finances. Germany's DAX Index fell 0.6%, the UK's FTSE 100 Index retreated 1.2% and France's CAC 40 Index slid 1.4%.

Until this week, the equity market had managed to shake off negative news, including previous sabre-rattling over North Korea and failures in Washington to pass high-profile bills, such as repealing and replacing Obamacare.

The benchmark USA yield on Thursday was just above 2.2%, at its lowest level since late June, as investors bought up Treasuries, a classic safe harbour.

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