Mike van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets, said: "Equities are nursing losses thanks to an unwelcome escalation in geopolitical tensions between the United States and North Korea, both trading nuclear threats that have awoken volatility from its slumber and seen risk assets shunned in favour of the traditional safe havens".
CURRENCIES: The euro was down 0.1 percent at $1.175 while the dollar fell 0.6 percent to 109.68 yen.
Efforts by the U.S. to dial down rhetoric have failed to shift the bearish mood among investors.
Asian equities were back in the red, snuffing out a nascent recovery as spiralling tensions over North Korea lingered for a second day.
Late Tuesday, North Korea had said it was considering plans to fire missiles at Guam, a US territory, after Trump's warning earlier in the day.
Many world stock markets have hit record or multi-year highs in recent weeks, leaving them vulnerable to a sell-off, and the tensions have proved the trigger. The index is bouncing off its lowest closing level in six months.
JITTERS: With President Donald Trump warning North Korea of "fire and fury", investors have become concerned that the war of words between Washington and Pyongyang could spiral out of control.
MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.6 percent in its third session of declines, heading for a 1.5 percent drop for the week. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 52 points, or 0.2 percent, to 22,032.
The so-called fear gauge - the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the most widely followed barometer of expected United States stock market volatility, hit its highest since November 8, when Mr Trump was elected president.
"The markets are looking for direction after Wednesday's sharp moves and geopolitical concerns will dominate investor mindsets in the coming days", said Esther Maria Reichelt, an FX strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. MetLife fell 75 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $47.56, while Charles Schwab slid 69 cents, or 1.6 percent, to $41.33.
The U.S. bank argued that Switzerland's asset management industry, which has held huge inflows in francs since the euro zone's debt crisis took hold in 2010, would finally begin to reduce its franc position in the months ahead.
South Korea's KOSPI fell 1.7 per cent on Friday to its lowest since May 24, but its losses for the week were a relatively modest 3.2 per cent.
MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany's DAX was down 1.1 percent, while France's CAC 40 fell 1.4 percent. Spot gold was up 0.1% at $1,287 per ounce by 2.17pm GMT, set for its biggest weekly gain since April. Palladium added 0.4% to $899.80 per ounce and was on track to end the week about 2% higher.
"There are four more (inflation) prints between now and the December FOMC meeting and we expect the Fed to remain data-dependent, if a touch more cautious", TD Securities said in a research note. "So we're not going to get to a year-over-year number of 2-percent until some of these very low readings drop out of the statistics 6 to 10 months from now". They were at 2.201 percent on Friday.
US crude shed 20 cents to $48.97 a barrel, while Brent crude fell 26 cents to $51.88 a barrel.
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Late in the afternoon, Trump told reporters that his " fire and fury " warning to North Korea may not have been tough enough. The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.64 cents U.S. , down from an average price of 78.71 cents United States on Wednesday.
County health officials received confirmation this week that a Stellar Jay found on July 31 has tested positive for the virus. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October.
Notable: Odubel Herrera hit his 35 double of the season in the first inning for his 50th extra-base hit this season. Hansel Robles (7-3) got the final two outs in the eighth and AJ Ramos finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances.
Jammu: An army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian posts along the line of control ( LoC ) in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir Saturday evening, a defence spokesman said.
They had two previous bids rejected by the Premier League side but could yet come back with an offer in excess of £100 million. Despite Coutinho informing Klopp that he wanted to leave, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes the playmaker will stay.
The delegates agreed that the crises in the states should be resolved within the period but prior to the congresses. Thank you distinguished party men and women, ladies and gentle men for your time and attention.
In June, at least three Afghan border police officers were killed in United States airstrikes in Helmand province. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said they were unable to provide any information when ed by AFP.
On Wednesday, Mr Trump followed up his "fire and fury" warning with a boast about United States nuclear capabilities. "We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy".
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Late goal gives Arsenal EPL thriller win
Wenger also stated that lack of focus on the part of his defenders cost Arsenal the first two goals they conceded. Asked about Arsenal's title chances, Wenger said: "There are six or seven teams who can win the league.