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11 August 2017, 12:13 | Jodi Jackson
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The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.2 percent, to 2,474.92. Early in the day, North Korea revealed a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
Officials from the South Korean presidential office earlier insisted the North Korean threat may have been aimed at multiple objectives, including causing the kind of confusion and chaos now seen in both South Korea and the United States, which in turn may weaken the alliance between the two, rather than signaling its actual or imminent armed provocation.
"They believe that we are not true USA citizens, when we do have plenty of Chamorro people going into the USA military and serving for their country and dying for their country", he said.
He added, "I will tell you this, North Korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world".
The FTSE 100 index was pulled down 0.6% to 7,498.17.
Later in the session dollar traders will be busy monitoring producer prices in the USA, ahead of the key inflation figure tomorrow. Core prices had been expected to rise by 0.2 percent. Job openings jumped 8 percent to 6.2 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
At 1.30pm, the United States will announce the jobless claimsreport, and economists are expecting it to remain steady at 240,000.
Gold was the big victor Wednesday as stocks pared back to moderate losses and Walt Disney (DIS) dragged on the Dow, while Netflix (NFLX) and Priceline Group (PCLN) hindered the Nasdaq and retailers took some brutal hits after reporting second-quarter results. The Volatility Index increased 39% to 15.41, a level not seen since mid-May. The index dropped to a one-month closing low.
Retailers' results are being keenly watched by investors to gauge the companies' strategy to counter No. 1 online retailer Amazon.com's growth.
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