Amid Tensions, Ellsworth Bombers Fly Near North Korea

British stocks down 0.59 pct Wednesday

As the fiery rhetoric raged this week between an apparently nuclear ICBM-equipped North Korea and U.S. President Donald J. Trump, the Air Force partnered with Japanese and South Korean aircraft to run a series of drills with B-1B strategic bombers that recently deployed to the Pacific island of Guam.

The dollar weakened against the yen, which is often sought in times of geopolitical tension. "Meanwhile, Trump knows that a conflict in North Korea could risk a huge amount of casualties and a huge humanitarian crisis on China's doorstep". "So the impact is likely to fade eventually".

"The next focal point is whether North Korea conducts a nuclear experiment and how the United States responds". The USD/CHF is down 0.20% and trading at 0.9718 Swiss Francs, off the session low of 0.97090 Swiss Francs.

Spot gold rose 0.3% to $1,264.50 per ounce at 8.54am, while USA gold futures for December delivery rose 0.6% to $1,270.40 per ounce.

On Tuesday, stronger-than-expected United States jobs data from the Labour Department weighed on gold, dragging prices to the lowest since July 26 at $1,251.01 an ounce.

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Google cuts up to $200 off its Pixel phones
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Worries over a potential confrontation between the United States and North Korea weighed heavily on global stock markets on Wednesday but helped boost the price of assets, such as gold and the Swiss franc, that are considered safe havens in times of geopolitical peril.

USA job openings jumped to a record high in June, outpacing hiring, the latest indication that companies are having trouble finding qualified workers.

The kiwi has been on the back foot all week ahead of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's (RBNZ) policy decision due on Thursday, when it is widely expected to keep interest rates unchanged at a record low 1.75 percent.

The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.175 while the dollar fell 0.6 percent to 109.68 yen.

Meanwhile, the Korean won posted 5.2 won in daily value changes against the U.S. dollar in July, up from 4.5 won a month earlier, it said.

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