Stocks rally, but end a bit lower

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United Kingdom stocks closed in the red Wednesday, as assets viewed as risky were swept aside amid escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea. The Swiss franc gave up some gains (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/swiss-franc-gives-up-some-gains-as-investors-monitor-us-north-korea-standoff-2017-08-10), as the USA dollar was slightly higher across the board.

Eight of the 11 major S&P sectors were lower, with the consumer discretionary index's 0.59 percent fall leading the decliners. That is after the Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped a 10-session streak of wins on Tuesday following Trump's comments.

The Nasdaq composite lost 18.13 points, or 0.3 percent, to 6,352.33.

Following Trump's remarks, North Korea on Wednesday said it was "carefully examining" plans for a missile attack on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which is home to a large U.S. military base.

The VSTOXX, Europe's main gauge of equity market investor anxiety, stirred to reach its highest level in two weeks, though still remained at subdued levels, while its USA counterpart - the Vix - touched a one-month high. He says escalating rhetoric from both the North and the U.S.is the real danger. The Volatility Index increased 39% to 15.41, a level not seen since mid-May.

In overseas trading, stock markets across the Asia-Pacific region saw further downside during trading on Thursday. Netflix also fell, giving up $4.37, or 2.4 percent, to $174. Bitcoin was trading 4.8 percent lower on Wednesday at $3,257. Netflix was down 1.8 percent.

Outside of geopolitical concerns, disappointing company earnings and outlooks put traders in a selling mood.

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The 21-year-old Warholm earned his first major title, and then looked up in amazement as the result showed on the giant screen. It all seems wet to me. "I still did not give everything so I am excited to keep going until 2020" and the Tokyo Olympics.

TIME OUT: Fossil tumbled 23.7 percent after the watch maker said sales continued to weaken, falling short of analysts' estimates.

In UK stocks, Worldpay Group was among the biggest risers after the firm agreed a £9.3 billion merger deal with United States rival Vantiv in a tie-up that will create a global payments processing giant with a combined value of £22.2 billion. Shares of Kohl's (KSS) rose 2.7% after an earnings beat (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kohls-stock-jumps-premarket-after-earnings-beat-2017-08-10). The trend appeared to overshadow strong quarterly revenue growth in the quarter.

In Europe, France's CAC 40 fell 1.6 percent to 5,135 while Germany's DAX was down 1.3 percent at 12,133.

BONDS: Bond prices rose.

OIL: Crude oil gave up early gains. Recent PCE inflation data was a weak 1.5 percent, and the July jobs report showed no sign of a meaningful boost to wage inflation. The dollar was down 1.2 percent at 0.9627 Swiss francs, while an ounce of gold was 1 percent higher at $1,275. Silver gained 47 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $16.86 an ounce. Copper fell 2 cents to $2.90 a pound.

CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 109.97 yen from 110.48 yen late Tuesday. The euro strengthened to $1.1756 from $1.1752. With the drop, the index has slid to a one-month intraday low.

Strong results from Scout24 and Novo Nordisk lifted those shares, but the pan-European STOXX 600 extended early losses to fall 0.7 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 sank 1.4 percent. Seoul is 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) to the northwest, Tokyo is 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) north and Taipei is 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) west. The S&P hasn't moved more than 0.5 percent in one day since July and has fallen more than 1 percent only twice this year. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged down almost 0.1 percent.

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