Stocks open lower; Macy's and Blue Apron drop

Globally gold prices rose by 0.09% to $1,278 an ounce

Meanwhile gold and silver prices are higher, with gold now trading at US$1291.40 per oz.

"The market hates uncertainty and that's certainly what we have now", said Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank.

The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped exchange traded fund EWY.P fell in a volume spike and ended down 0.85 percent.

The dollar also slipped 0.26 percent lower against the yen to 110.01 yen.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned North Korea of "fire and fury" in response to recent threats from Pyongyang, which said it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific with a military base.

"North Korea is being used as a reason to sell Japanese stocks, just as it was used yesterday in the United States", said Soichiro Monji from Daiwa SB Investments in Tokyo.

The 30-year bond last rose 5/32 in price to yield 2.8107%, from 2.818% late on Wednesday.

While European stocks have seen robust inflows in the wake of the French elections, their performance have lagged their USA rivals since mid June.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.45%, around 100 points lower and retreating below its 20,000 level.

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Dai-ichi Life Holdings dropped 1 percent, T&D Holdings fell 2.2 percent while Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group declined 0.9 percent.

-North Korea tension weighed, offsetting higher oil prices and stronger-than-expected domestic housing data.

Switzerland's franc on Wednesday posted its biggest single-day rise against the euro since the central bank removed its cap on the currency in January 2015. Earlier, the pair hit a peak of $0.73684 while the session low stands at $0.73190.

The Australian dollar, which rose to a 19-month high near 90.00 yen late in July, was down 0.7 percent at 86.67 yen after slipping to a one-month low of 86.23 yen.

The dollar weakened against the yen, which is often sought in times of geopolitical tension.

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.

In defence of Trump's comments he said, "What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language [.] I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part". Brent crude, used to price global oils, added 10 cents to $52.80. USA and British equivalents were also trading a touch above Wednesday's six-week lows. The Dow shed 0.2 percent.

USA gold futures for December delivery climbed 1 percent to $1,291.80 per ounce.

In the macroeconomic area, the United States government reported that the number of vacancies in the USA rose in June to record of nearly 6.2 million.

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