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European markets registered their worst weekly loss this year on Friday amid rising tensions between United States and North Korea.

"If the US and South Korea carry out strikes and try to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political pattern of the Korean Peninsula, China will prevent them from doing so", the editorial's authors said. The VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect, jumped to its highest level since May.

"The markets in general are very on edge and they're very leery about risk", Mariann Montagne, a portfolio manager at Gradient Investments, told Bloomberg.

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At the close trading in NY, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 204.69 points, or 0.9%, to 21,844.01, its biggest one-day fall since May 17. The S&P 500 gained 3.11 points, or 0.1%, to end at 2,441.32, supported by gains in consumer-discretionary, technology and health-care sectors.

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

Even so, Wall Street remains near record highs.

"We're still close to the all-time high so that makes people a little nervous too, so they might say now might be the time to take a little bit of money off the table".


Trump continued the back-and-forth with a post on Twitter this morning indicating that the U.S. is prepared to take military action against North Korea.

"Although we certainly can get a 5 to 7 percent correction, we don't think it's the start of a significant bear market", Peterson noted.

The S&P 500 is down 38.62 points, or 1.6 percent.

The Dow slid as declines in Apple and Goldman Sachs, down 2.3% and 1.7% respectively, outweighed gains in McDonald's and Coca-Cola, up 1.4% and 0.5% respectively. Shares of J.C. Penney dropped 78 cents, or 17%, to $3.93 Friday after the department store's second-quarter loss exceeded expectations.

Singapore banks led the decline, with DBS Group shedding 2.2 per cent or 46 cents to $20.80; OCBC Bank fell 12 cents or 1.1 per cent to $11.20; United Overseas Bank Group lost 1.3 per cent or 33 cents to $24.20.

Germany's wholesale price inflation eased to an eight-month low in July, data from Destatis showed Friday. "The pot is on the stove boiling but no inflation steam is coming out". Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index plunged by 2%, while South Korea's Kospi Index slumped by 1.7%.

U.K.'s FTSE 100, the German DAX and the French CAC 40 all dropped more than 2.3% this week.

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