In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region moved mostly lower during trading on Wednesday.
The big four banks were all lower led by ANZ which was down 1.91 per cent at $29.26. Crude oil prices extended their slide as exports from key OPEC producers rose, despite news of lower crude shipments from Saudi Arabia. The Russell 2000 index gave up 24.40 points, or 1.7 percent, to 1,372.54.
SIMMERING TENSIONS: North Korea revealed on Thursday 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.
Below that level lies another key technical chart support level for the dollar at 108.13 yen, a trough the USA currency k plumbed in mid-April. Alliance Data Systems fell $6.28, or 2.7 percent, to $225.64.
The Labor Department also said unit labor costs rose by 0.6 percent in the second quarter following an upwardly revised 5.4 percent spike in the first quarter. Its shares slid $11.64 to $61.70.
In Europe, Germany's DAX fell 1.1 percent, while the CAC 40 in France lost 0.6 percent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.26 percent.
In a note sent to clients late on Thursday, the USA bank predicted the single currency would rise to $1.25 in the first quarter of next year and reach parity with sterling for the first time.
Nvidia fell $7.37, or 4.3 percent, to $164.74, while Advanced Micro Devices gave up 71 cents, or 5.5 percent, to $12.12.
Trump to Make Quick Trip Back to Washington Monday The information came from a Politico review of an updated schedule for the president that was presented to NY law enforcement. Opponents of Trump's immigration policies are planning to protest outside Trump Tower on Tuesday.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude added 28 cents to $49.45 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Manuel Oliveri of Credit Agricole said about the single currency,"The euro has become more correlated to risk in recent weeks and sentiment is still a bit cautious", adding "though the euro upside trend is likely to remain intact over the longer term". Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, added 21 cents to $52.91.
Earlier, the dollar slipped as low as 108.91 yen, its weakest level since June 14, when the greenback fell as low as 108.81 yen.
Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, attributed this week's downturn in the major indices mainly to economic indicators rather than geopolitical brinkmanship.
The Korean won also continued to skid, down 0.45 percent to 1,147.2, falling below its 200-day moving average for the first time in a month.
But the S&P Bank sub-sector.SPXBK fell 0.7 percent on dimming prospects of another rate hike this year since higher rates tend to boost bank profits.
"A combination of softer euro zone economic data, solid USA reports and market positioning all resulted in a markedly heavier tone for the single currency", Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington, said in a note. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged down almost 0.1 percent to 5,760.90, while South Korea's Kospi fell 0.5 percent to 2,357.84.
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Invesco Mortgage Capital by 203.6% in the first quarter. West Family Incorporated holds 0.03% or 10,000 shares in its portfolio. 49,082 are held by Old Mutual Glob (Uk) Limited.
Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc increased Smucker J M Co ( SJM ) stake by 24.55% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Congress Asset Management Company bought 2,352 shares as the company's stock declined 7.31% while stock markets rallied.
Finally, Diego Costa remains away from the squad following his public fallout with Antonio Conte and the club over the summer. Conte would not talk about individuals - "the club knows very well my opinion" - but he was happy to make a broader point.
The driver of the Challenger was taken into custody and charges were pending, said Al Thomas, the Charlottesville police chief. His alleged action led to the death of a yet to be identified 32 year old woman and several critical injuries.
That and another cup run, ending in lifting the FA Cup , and the quarter-finals of the Champions League, at worst. They have one of the best attacks in the league and the addition of Bernado Silva will only make them better.
Nitish Kumar's close aide, RCP Singh , will be the JD (U)'s new leader in the Rajya Sabha, sources quoting the letter said. Nitish had responded like this because Sharad Yadav has been openly criticizing Nitish for his decision to join the BJP .
I don't know whether it was lack of concentration or game management". "After that, we get the efficiency". He's a collective player and an intelligent player".
Paulinho close to 40m euro Barcelona move
Earlier this summer, Paulinho was sure his move to Barcelona was a done deal and spoke to Mundo Deportivo with that in mind. I'm happy for him as we have been brothers for the last two years".
Wenger admits triple injury blow ahead of Leicester clash
Arsenal legend Ian Wright expects Sanchez to remain at the club for one more season before leaving on a free transfer next summer. When asked if Arsenal have received any bids from PSG for the 28-year-old, Wenger replied: "I can not tell you that".
Rory McIlroy and his fantastic cart-path par at PGA
Most famously, Spieth and Phelps in July were part of a high-profile athlete group that posed for an Instagram photo. Spieth was happy to get through with a 72 in his quest to become the sixth player to complete the career Grand Slam.
Chelsea stunned by pumped-up Burnley
The Blues forced goalkeeper Tom Heaton into a couple of smart saves, in a hope of regaining a foothold in the match. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte joked that he will prepare his side to go down to 10 men for the next game.
Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day winner
A lot of people feel they aren't serious contenders because they do not have the "big" names that can elevate them to that level. The Premier League is back! Arsenal will today host erstwhile champions, Leicester City in a first-of-its-kind Friday kick-off.
Giroud wants to stay and fight for his place, claims Wenger
Carragher was speaking shortly after Giroud had helped Arsenal to an incredible comeback win against Leicester at the Emirates . The English Premier League is going to be back with a bang as Arsenal take on Leicester City in the opening match tonight.