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Equities fall on rising tension between US & North Korea

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European stock markets fell further in opening trade on Friday on intensifying fears over North Korea, dealers said.

It was too late to save another negative session in London as the FTSE 100 dropped to a three-month low after shedding nearly 1 per cent to 7,305.48.

"Another negative open, third on the trot, comes after a USA equity selloff, inspired by fresh Trump aggression towards North Korea, made for a weak session in Asia overnight", Michael van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets in London, said by e-mail.

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"The UK headline index has crashed to the lowest level since late June, in a week which has turned from mundane to insane".

European stocks fell Thursday, with caution still lingering as tension between US and North Korea escalated, and as German consumer-goods company Henkel AG & Co. was among the companies whose shares pulled the market toward a second consecutive decline.

"For a week that has been largely devoid of major economic releases, Donald Trump's confrontational stance with North Korea has raised volatility across the board". Spot gold traded traded as high as Dollars 1,288.92 an ounce on Friday, compared to levels around the USD 1257 mark earlier this week.

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