Monday, 23 October, 2017

Wall St opens lower as tensions with N.Korea escalate

The Latest: Trump says US nuke arsenal 'stronger' than ever Tensions Escalate Between The Us And North Korea
Mae Harvey | 10 August, 2017, 00:30

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 6 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,474.

The financial index had risen earlier in the session after the Labor Department said USA job openings, a measure of labor demand, jumped to a record high in June to the highest level since December 2000.

The president warned Pyongyang that any more threats would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen".

The comments came after reports said the U.S. intelligence community has determined that North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. More than 70 percent of S&P 500 companies that had reported posted better-than-expected earnings while 69 percent have beaten of sales, according to data from Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Following two relatively quiet days on the U.S. economic front, trading on Wednesday may be impacted by a report on labor productivity and costs in the second quarter.

Net income dropped to $US18 million in the second quarter, down from $US33 million in the same quarter a year earlier, the company said in a statement. Economists had expected productivity to increase by 0.7 percent.

Extending a recent downtrend, oil service stocks have moved significantly lower over the course of the session.

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Earlier in the day, trading was impacted by a report from the Labor Department showing an unexpected jump in job openings in the month of June.

USA crude oil for September delivery fell 0.4% to $US49.17 a barrel, its third decline in four sessions.

Brokerage stocks are among the few groups seeing notable weakness, with the NYSE Arca Broker/Dealer Index down by 1 percent. The index has slid to its lowest intraday level in nearly eight months. Mainland markets also traded below the flat line, with the Shanghai Composite slipping 0.18% and the Shenzhen Composite lower by 0.14%.

Markets in Canada's largest centre were set to follow global markets lower on Wednesday as investors held back from betting on riskier assets amid escalating North Korea tensions.

The December gold contract was ahead $16.70 to US$1,279.30 an ounce. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index tumbled by 1.3%, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell by 0.4%. While the U.K.'s FTSE 100 Index has fallen by 0.6 percent, the German DAX Index is down by 1.1 percent and the French CAC 40 Index is down by 1.5 percent.

Safe-haven assets gained following the mounting geopolitical tensions. As a result, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, rose by 2.6 basis points to 2.283%.

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