Swiss franc, yen rise as North Korea tensions brew

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Brent crude, used to price global oils, added 26 cents to $52.96.

Baker Avenue's Lip said the USA market was higher due to "bargain hunters", but "there's more room for the market to come down". Trump is issuing a new warning over the North's development of nuclear weapons.

Markets in Italy, France and Germany also saw declines. The broad-based S&P 500 dropped 0.2 percent to 2474.92 points, and the Nasdaq dropped 0.2 percent to 6370.46 points. With the sell-off on the day, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 fell to their lowest closing levels in a month.

Gold prices turned higher after unease over North Korea, reversing the downward move after the jobs data lifted the dollar.

Benchmark 10-year notes last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.194 percent, from 2.211 percent late on Thursday.

Investors will also be keeping an eye out on retail results as second-quarter earning season winds down.

The FTSE 100 has fallen by more than 100 points in today's trading so far, as investors continue to act on North Korea-related jitters.

Rising geopolitical tensions were heightened further when U.S. President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang it should be "very, very nervous" if it even thinks about attacking the United States or its allies, after Pyongyang said it was making plans to fire missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

Beyond geopolitical concerns, investors continued to size up company earnings reports. Only 3 of the 30 stocks in the Dow finished the day with a gain: IBM, Coca-Cola and McDonald's.

Retailers Wal-Mart (WMT), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT), Staples (SPLS), and Gap (GPS) are also among the companies due to report their quarterly results next week.

The recovery fit a recent pattern of investors using dips to put more money in stocks. "You're less than 2 per cent off the high for the S&P heading into a weekend where uncertainty with North Korea still lingers".

Stocks going ex-dividend included BT, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Lloyds, and pharma companies GSK and AstraZeneca, taking around 41 points off the index.

USA job openings jumped to a record high in June, outpacing hiring, the latest indication that companies are having trouble finding qualified workers.

US crude CLcv1 fell 0.55 percent to $49.12 per barrel and Brent LCOcv1 was last at $52.03, down 0.65 percent on the day. Brent crude, the global standard, lost 23 cents to $52.14 a barrel in London. It is poised to end the week down 1.9 per cent.

The December gold contract was ahead $16.70 U.S. to US$1,279.30 an ounce. Silver gained 14 cents to $16.39 an ounce. Seagate shares rose 74 cents to $32.29.

The dollar eased slightly against a basket of major currencies .DXY .

Markets overseas were mixed Tuesday.

MSCI's main index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, was last down 0.6 percent. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent.

Australian shares were down 1.3 per cent, set for a weekly loss of 0.6 percent and Chinese and Hong Kong bluechips lost 1.6 per cent and 1.9 per cent, respectively.

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