The euro was down 0.3% at just over US$1.17 and nearing a two-week low, while the New Zealand dollar tumbled a full 1% as its central bank head bluntly said he wanted it lower. Bond and gold prices, traditional havens for nervous investors, were little changed, and the VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, slid 6.7 percent following a 44.4 percent jump the day before.
Weakness in U.S. Treasury yields may also be supporting the yen, some analysts said.
Chief market analyst at CMC Markets Micheal Hewson agreed that investors have become used to tensions between the US and North Korea in recent years, but the "inexperience" of the US President has led market participants to adopt a "safety-first" approach.
The VIX rose further on Wednesday, rising as far as 12.11, its highest in nearly a month.
ANALYST TAKE: "We're seeing significant risk aversion in the markets on Wednesday, with the escalation in tensions between the USA and North Korea triggering moves into safe haven assets", said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 share index closed down 1.3 per cent at its lowest since June 1 as the strong yen hit exporters, while South Korea's KOSPI index fell 1.1 per cent to seven-week lows.
The dollar was steady against a basket of six major currencies at 93.385 after falling 0.2 per cent on Thursday, with disappointing United States inflation and jobs data adding to the greenback's woes.
MSCI's main index of Asia-Pacific shares, excluding Japan, was last down 0.6 per cent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.6 percent.
Instead, investors turned to assets that tend to benefit in times of geopolitical and financial stress.
Pep Guardiola Unmoved By Manchester City Favorite Tag The attacking duo of Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero have formed a lethal partnership, as was evident in the pre-season. Of the trio that have been brought in so far, Kyle Walker and Danilo started while Benjamin Mendy recovers from injury.
In currencies, the yen strengthened 0.64 percent versus the greenback at 109.37 per dollar. Asian and European stocks continued the sharp decline Friday.
Australian shares were down 1.3 per cent, set for a weekly loss of 0.5 per cent.
"We're not very oversold yet so the market still has more downside left to it", said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Boston Private Wealth in NY.
Benchmark 10-year notes US10YT=RR last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.2255 percent, from 2.242 percent late on Wednesday.
Germany's DAX fell 0.7 percent to 12,068 and the CAC 40 of France lost 0.3 percent to 5,133.
U.S. Treasury prices finished lower, with the two-year yield (1.36%) and 10-year yield (2.28%) higher by one and three bps, respectively.
More than 430 stocks from all USA exchanges hit their lowest levels in 52 weeks or more yesterday, the most for any session since mid-November right after Trump was elected.
In the latest economic data, the consumer-price index (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-consumer-inflation-remains-soft-in-july-cpi-shows-2017-08-11) rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in July, its fifth straight month of softness, raising more questions about whether inflation will eventually rise to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% annual rate target.
In commodities trading, USA crude oil was wallowing around $49 to the barrel amid speculation that a predicted gain in American output will offset OPEC-led efforts to trim a global glut.
Also, told us that recently I'm in NY , filming something which will be different than usual, and something one has never seen. The 50-year-old actor told his fans all about the upcoming live show while hosting a Facebook Live this week.
The government has accused insurgents of murdering and abducting dozens of villagers and perceived collaborators with the state. Myanmar deploys hundreds of soldiers in the northern Rakhine state amid fears of a new wave of violence.
State Treasurer State of Michigan's holdings in CenturyLink were worth $4,308,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD bought a new stake in CenturyLink during the second quarter valued at about $112,613,000.
Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United could still sign one more player, but he will not be "crying" if they do not. Our levels of confidence and knowledge are higher so I am happy to start the season.
He led the league in home runs in both 2006 and 2008, and has almost 400 homers (382 to be exact) in his 13-year career. Howard was also plagued by a lack of discipline at the plate and struck out 636 times between 2012-2016.
One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a hold rating to the company's stock. The business had revenue of $108.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $109.78 million.
On October 4 Keefe Bruyette & Woods kept the stock rating at "Outperform" and moved down the price target to $9.50 from $11.50. Fox Run Management L.L.C. acquired a new position in MGIC Investment Corporation during the second quarter valued at $116,000.
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Weather issues throughout the day meant the action was pushed into a later hour, and into the subsequent darkness. Obviously to be able to finish and not have to wake up at 5:30 (A.M.) tomorrow, get some rest".
The 48-year-old said: "Hopefully next season I'll be here and we're not going to spend how we spent this season". But the former Benfica player is adamant he remains "calm and ready to help my team" despite his new price-tag.
AECOM (ACM) Rating Reiterated by Canaccord Genuity
Canaccord Genuity reiterated a "hold" rating and issued a $36.00 target price on shares of AECOM in a research note on Tuesday. AECOM (ACM) belonging to the Industrials sector has declined -3.18% and closed its last trading session at $31.96.
Mets dealing veteran Neil Walker to the Brewers
Neil Walker's tenure with the Mets was near a conclusion as the Mets finished batting practice Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The Milwaukee Brewers have pulled off a deal to acquire second baseman Neil Walker in a trade with the New York Mets .
Bihar Board Compartmental Result 2017: Know How To Check
Kishor said the results may have been declared early this year because of the computerised system the BSEB adopted. This year more than 12 lakh students appeared for the examination out of which four lakh qualify the examination.
Dulquer Salmaan All Set To Make His Bollywood Debut
The shoot for his film will begin in September first week and locations will be the picturesque locales of Ooty and Kochi. The teaser for Dulquer Salmaan's Solo was released on Saturday by Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar on Twitter.
Bills deal Watkins, get Matthews
It sure seems like it - he caught four passes in Buffalo's preseason game Thursday night. "I feel like I'm going to puke". Despite showing flashes of being a star, it didn't work out, as Watkins was often injured.
Three Women Found Murdered In Long Island Home
The fourth victim, who was not identified by police, managed to escape after being struck with the hammer. Police said the suspect went to the living room and assaulted his mother, then attacked the other women.
How major U.S. stock market indexes fared Friday
The soft inflation data raised market expectation for the Federal Reserve to hold lower interest rates longer this year. Six of the 11 major S&P sectors were higher, with technology's 0.80-percent rise leading the advancers.