Meanwhile, markets in Japan, South Korea and other Asian countries were also lower, and so-called futures signaled that USA markets would also open down.
Stocks are ending broadly lower on Wall Street, led by declines in technology companies and banks, two of the highest-performing sectors over the a year ago. Only utilities sector stocks eked out a gain on a day of mostly listless trading as investors kept an eye on the latest company earnings and geopolitical news.
Titled "Reckless game over the Korean Peninsula runs risk of real war", the editorial suggested China will stay neutral if North Korea strikes first, but will intervene if the U.S.is the first mover.
KOREA 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 escalate. The stock fell $169 to $1,879.98.
Market bellwether Samsung Electronics Co. backtracked 3.49 percent, and No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix Inc. was down 4.04 percent.
The local currency was trading at 1,137.90 won against the United States dollar, down 2.70 won from the previous session's close. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, slid 80 cents, or 1.5 percent, to $51.90.
"The market has been looking for an excuse to sell off and North Korea and the president gave the market that excuse", said David Schiegoleit, managing director at the U.S. Bank Private Client Wealth Management.
Damage for the week: The days of verbal sparring between Washington and Pyongyang looks set to bruise weekly performances for the major USA indexes.
In Europe, Germany's DAX fell 1.1 percent, while France's CAC 40 slid 1.4 percent. "I would expect the markets to react again pretty negatively to any more tough talk from either side, but for now, everybody seems to have settled down, and we'll see what happens". With one session left to go, the S&P 500 was headed for a weekly drop of around 1.6%, which would be its biggest since a fall of 1.9% for the week ended November 4, 2016.
Shares of Snap were off 12.48 percent following a miss on revenue and daily active users, leading to a slew of price target cuts.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 10 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,463. South Korea's KOSPI was down 1.7 percent and Hong Kong's Hang Seng 1.8 percent. Silver also rose, gaining 43 cents, or 2.6 percent, to $16.82 an ounce.
The September crude contract was up 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. Copper rose 4 cents to $2.94 a pound. The euro slid to $1.1732 from $1.1752.
The top-flight also sank lower as a number of stocks went ex-dividend, a process where new buyers no longer qualify for the latest dividend payment.
Cooperation between Rome and Tripoli on migration was endorsed as "very constructive" by the UN's new Libya envoy, Ghassan Salame. Anti-migrant sentiment has been rising in Italy, where newcomers from Africa and the Middle East are being blamed for crimes.
Lim arrived in Toronto in the late morning Saturday, and is "landed and resting", according to a press release from his family. Canada does not have diplomatic offices in Pyongyang and relies on Sweden to handle consular issues.
The Rams chose the prolific Eastern Washington product in the third round, hoping to add playmakers to the NFL's worst offense. Or maybe they were in shock from the Ezekiel Elliott suspension that was handed down on Friday.
In the eastern city of Biratnagar, the airport was closed after the runway was submerged under more than 2 feet of water. Home Minister Janardan Sharma said hi-level talks are on between the two countries to open all the gates.
President Buhari sent appreciation to all Nigerians, expressing hope that he would be with them soon . Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been the acting president since Buhari left the country.
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West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian is reportedly wanted by Newcastle United and Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window. "There wasn't an terrible lot of movement goalkeeper-wise this summer, so I'm very grateful to get this opportunity".
The president has been criticized for not specifically calling out the white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups at Saturday's rally. McMaster's characterization of the violence as terrorism. "I think people are reluctant to tell him the truth".
And once again, Arsenal were statuesque at a set piece, allowing Vardy to bustle to the front post and head past Petr Cech . Holding is a great prospect but he had one of those games where he struggled against the threat of Jamie Vardy and Okazaki.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was unaware of Lynch's intention to sit but said he spoke with the veteran rusher after the game. He would like to have played more than one series.
Why Uber investors want Benchmark Capital to walk away
A spokesperson for Mr Kalanick said the legal action is "completely without merit and riddled with lies and false allegations". Now valued at close to $70 billion ($A89 billion), it has fast become the world's most valuable start-up.
China president wants closeness with ASEAN nations
McCain traveled close to Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals. Further complicating matters is the fact that ASEAN remains divided on the South China Sea issue.
Gold for Pearson at world athletics championships
Back in London , and back fit and firing, Pearson flew out of the blocks and held off Dawn Harper-Nelson to take the title. After injury denied Pearson of the opportunity to defend her Olympic crown past year in Rio, she chose to coach herself.