FTSE sell-off gathers strength on North Korea fears

13 Août, 2017, 04:46 | Author: Marc Bacque

Keeping up his tough talk, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's government should "get their act together" or face the consequences, and suggested that his earlier threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea was too mild.

Tensions with North Korea appear to have finally shaken the confidence of USA investors, after the S&P 500 opened 0.8% lower, threatening to end its 15-day streak with a closing streak of more than 0.3%, a 90-year record.

The VIX, the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, which measures market expectations for swings in stock prices and traders use as a fear gauge, closed the day on Thursday at 16.04, its highest close since the day of the USA presidential election in November.

The president said "things will happen to them they never thought possible" should Pyongyang attack the US or its allies.

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Australian shares fell to near three-week lows in a broad-based selloff. In Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 was down 1.13%, with the index's move lower driven by broad-based losses across most sub-indexes although gold stocks climbed. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index plummeted 560.49 points or 2 percent to 26,883.51.

NAB lost 1 percent despite the bank reporting a 5 percent rise in its third-quarter cash profit.

In the eurozone, the Paris CAC 40 dropped nearly 0.7 per cent to 5,081.92 points compared with the closing level on Thursday.

Seoul shares hit 11-week low amid selling by foreign investors following Trump's fresh warning to North Korea.

South Korea's KOSPI index fell throughout the day and a short time ago was down by 1.7%, capping four straight days of losses as the regional tensions with its northern neighbour weigh on the market.

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