United States stocks fall again on North Korea fears

US B-1B Bombers Fly over Korean Peninsula Again

USA markets closed lower on Tuesday's trade after President Donald Trump warned North Korea, saying that threats will be "met with fire and fury".

But while investors appeared to favor safe-haven assets, some bargain seekers helped Wall Street's three major indexes pare losses and some US officials sought to dial back tensions.

In the United Kingdom, the stock of TV giant ITV was down 1.9 percent in early trading, and Sky shares were down 0.5 percent, while Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 fell 1.2 percent. The Nasdaq composite fell 13 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,370.

Wall Street stocks fell Tuesday amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, bringing the Dow's streak of nine straight records to an end. Gold rose as much as 1.2 percent to a near two-month high, while the Swiss franc was on track to post its biggest single day rise in about two-and-a-half years.

Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market Wednesday.

Pyongyang has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the United States, which it says are a legitimate means of defence against perceived US hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.

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European equity markets also opened sharply lower and measures of volatility spiked. Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman and the Dow Jones U.S. defense index .DJUSDN was up 1.48 percent after hitting a record high.

Travel companies Priceline.com and TripAdvisor also weighed on markets, with shares falling more than 7%.

Priceline Group dropped 8 percent after issuing a profit forecast that was weaker than analysts were expecting. The Nasdaq closed down 18.13 at 6,352.33, while the S&P 500 dropped 0.91, ending the session at 2,474.01.

Stocks are opening slightly lower on Wall Street after several companies reported disappointing results. Net income fell to US$3 million from US$36 million in the year-ago quarter. Henry Schein lost 5.1 percent and Microsoft lost 0.6 percent.

Martin van Vliet, a senior rates strategist at ING, said the market move in German bonds was exacerbated by speculative bets on futures derivative contracts, rather than actual trading in the underlying assets.

USA equivalents fell 4 bps to 2.24 percent.

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