BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets slid Wednesday after President Donald Trump and North Korea traded threats over the North’s nuclear program and Wall Street declined overnight.
KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.3 percent to 19,740.12 and Seoul’s Kospi fell 0.8 percent to 2,375.88. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.2 percent to 3,275.01 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was off 0.8 percent at 27,629.68. India’s Sensex shed 0.2 percent to 31,951.28 and benchmarks in Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand also declined. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 gained 0.5 percent to 5,773.70 while Manila and Jakarta also rose.
KOREA JITTERS: North Korea and the United States traded escalating threats, heightening fears that a miscalculation might spark conflict. Trump warned that the North would be met “with fire and fury.” Pyongyang said it was examining plans for attacking Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific with a military base. The comments follow reports that the North has mastered a technology needed to strike the United States with a nuclear missile.
WALL STREET: Losses in health care and consumer-focused companies pulled U.S. stocks lower, snapping a 10-day winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average. Energy stocks fell along with crude prices as investors kept an eye on the latest company earnings and geopolitical news. The market slide accelerated slightly in the last half-hour of trading as Trump denounced North Korea’s nuclear program. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.2 percent, to 2,474.92. The Dow slid 0.2 percent to 22,085.34. Both were coming off record highs. The Nasdaq composite lost 0.2 percent, to 6,370.46.
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