Japan could legally intercept a Guam-bound North Korea missile: Kyodo

Traders work in front of the German share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt Germany

Oil prices edged higher after a report showed U.S. refineries processed record amounts of crude in the latest week, eating into inventories, although a surprise jump in gasoline stockpiles limited gains. "It's just like a regular business day".

The latest tensions began after US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea that it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson later insisted the USA isn't signalling it's about to mete out a military response despite threats from North Korea suggesting it could attack Guam, a us island territory in the Pacific.

"They've been doing this to our country for a long time, for many years, and it's about time that somebody stuck up for the people of this country and for the people of other countries", Trump said.

Mattis said North Korea must stop isolating itself and "stand down" in its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang "should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude added 21 cents to $49.38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.7 percent lower at 7,489. Economists had expected another 0.1 percent uptick.

Sentry Investments Corp. Bought A Little More CVS Health Corporation (CVS) Stock
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"The frame of mind is we don't like sterling and we will need a significant upturn in the data to change that".

BONDS: Bond prices rose.

Jobless claims increased to 244,000 in the latest week, although continuing claims declined.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was almost flat on the day at 93.657, remaining above last week's 15-month low of 92.548.

All 11 major S&P sectors were lower and the consumer discretionary index was the biggest loser with a 1 percent drop. The index dropped to a one-month closing low.

RAISE: Millennials Support Most of Trump's Immigration Policies
The Raise Act would reduce the number of legal immigrants by almost 50 percent over the next decade, according to its author, Sen. That also would improve the prospects of the right kind of reform, aimed first and foremost at increasing high-skill immigration.

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

Emerging market stocks lost 1.03 per cent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan closed 0.63 per cent lower, while Japan's Nikkei lost 1.29 per cent. Gold producers Randgold Resources Ltd. (RRS.LN) and Fresnillo PLC (FRES.LN) gained 1.9% and 2%, respectively, as gold prices leapt almost 1% to $1,273.30 an ounce.

Asian markets continued to fall on Thursday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asian-markets-continue-to-fall-after-wednesdays-selloff-2017-08-09), with losses of over 1% for the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index. On August 9, the market started the day with a weaker sentiment but regained strength as the day progressed.

The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.175 while the dollar fell 0.6 percent to 109.68 yen. On the Nasdaq, 2,303 issues fell and 567 advanced. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 5,773.70 while Manila and Jakarta also rose.

Snapchat parent Snap Inc.(SNAP), Nordstrom Inc.(JWN), News Corp.(NWS.AU) and Nvidia Corp.(NVDA) will report after the close.

Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 now free for Origin/EA Access subscribers
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