USA stocks rose Friday but were still on track for their biggest weekly loss in months, shaken by disappointing earnings results and an escalation of threats between the US and North Korea.
South Korean stocks ended lower Friday as foreign investors sold local stocks amid escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States.
Priceline Group slumped 6.5% after issuing a profit forecast that was weaker than analysts were expecting.
MOUSE HOUSE: Disney dropped 4.7 percent a day after the media giant reported a weak quarter and said it would pull its movies from Netflix and start two of its own video streaming services.
The Nasdaq finished the day at 6,216.87, a slide of 135.46, while the S&P 500 lost almost 1.5 percent, ending the day at 2,438.21. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which had been steadily hitting records, posted its biggest decline since May on Thursday, while the CBOE Volatility Index, known as Wall Street's "fear gauge", rose to its highest level of the year.
The S&P/TSX composite index fell 143.08 points to 15,074.25, with almost all of its sectors moving lower. The Stoxx Europe 600 fell 1%. TripAdvisor shares shed $2.70, or 6.8 percent, to $36.85.
United States stocks deepened their losses following the latest Trump comments, and the S&P 500 volatility index, known unofficially as the "fear index", rose decisively. The company booked a hefty charge and said its CFO is leaving the company. The major index futures are now pointing to a modestly higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 21 points.
The price of gold, a universal safe haven asset, has risen almost 3 percent over the past four days, hovering at $1,290 per ounce, its highest since early June. The stock lost $2.80 to $9.04. Economists had expected prices to rise by 0.2 percent. Earlier in Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped less than 0.1 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 1.1 percent. It rose $15.70, or 1.2 percent, to $1,277.80 an ounce.
On the currency front, the US dollar is trading at 108.82 yen compared to the 109.20 yen it fetched at the close of NY trading on Thursday. Silver also rose, gaining 43 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $16.82 an ounce. Brent crude, used to price global oils, added 21 cents to $52.91.
CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 109.96 yen from 110.48 yen late Tuesday. The euro fell to $1.1735 from $1.1752. Germany's DAX fell 0.9 percent, while the CAC 40 in France lost 0.5 percent.