A statement from the North Korean military called President Donald Trump's warning that the communist nation would face "fire and fury" if it continued its provocations a "load of nonsense".
The VIX, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, rose 44.4 percent, the biggest increase since May. Even so, the close was the highest in a month.
In more back-and-forth between President Trump and North Korea, Pyongyang General Kim Rak Gyom, leader of the country's strategic forces, said that "sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on [Trump]".
Michael Kors climbed 21.5 percent after the luxury handbag and apparel designer and retailer's latest quarterly results beat analysts' forecasts as sales improved.
"It's incredible when you consider the headlines just how calm the equity markets are, how they've taken things in their stride", said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 0.93% lower at 21,844.01, the S&P 500 lost 1.45% to 2,438.21, and the Nasdaq 100 was 2.22% softer at 5,788.19.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 0.2 percent, to 2,474.92.
On the currency markets, the pound was down to a three-week low against the U.S. dollar but mainly due to earlier disappointing output and trade data. "Tensions are still high and not going away at the moment".
"That may have weighed a little bit" on markets, said Phil Guarco, global investment specialist JP Morgan Private Bank.
The South Korean won also faltered 0.9 per cent to its lowest close since July 13, standing at 1,135.2 to the U.S. dollar at the conclusions of onshore trade.
The pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.7% at closing, France's CAC 40 fell 1.4% after a auto hit a group of soldiers in Paris in what is thought to have been a deliberate act, and a fall in bond yields saw Germany's DAX down 1.1%.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.3 percent to 19,737.59 points and Seoul's Kospi fell 0.7 percent to 2,378.56. Pan American Silver Corp, which reported second quarter results, rallied 11.8 percent to C$22.69. The Swiss franc, meanwhile, looked set for its biggest one-day rise in more than two years.
Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note slipped to 2.25 percent from 2.26 percent late Tuesday. Job openings jumped 8 percent to 6.2 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, traders absorbed a report on jobless claims (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-jobless-claims-rise-by-3000-to-244000-2017-08-10) that showed that initial claims for us unemployment-insurance benefits continue to reflect a strong labor market, even as they inched slightly higher.
In commodities, crude oil stretched gains after rising overnight on data pointing to declining USA inventories.
McGregor was almost a 10/1 underdog when the fight began to seem like a possibility in November, and his odds are down to +375. He also knows he'll be a flawless 50-0 when he retires for a third time, whether he's willing to admit it or not.
In Consumer Reports' lab testing, the Surface series regularly earned high marks thanks to its performance and specifications. However, Microsoft told CNN Tech it doesn't believe the findings accurately reflect Surface owners' "true experiences".
In terms of the broader markets, the S&P BSE mid-cap index declined by 1.66 per cent and the small-cap index by 1.69 per cent. The Sensex opened at 31,926.14 points and touched a high of 31,933.04 points but also a low of 31,885.41 points.
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The company said Thursday that Padda, 61, was not meant to fill the CEO role for an extended amount of time due to his age. Knudstorp said the transition to a new CEO occurred more rapidly than the Board had anticipated.
Outside of the country of origin, five countries have announced to have been delivered in contaminated eggs. The eggs were produced in the Netherlands , the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) said.
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According to Kuo's latest research note, the iPhone 8 will be announced in September alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus . Interestingly, though, most rumours and mock-ups point to a vertically mounted array, with one lens above the other.
Yield rates for Apple's specific panels are said to be at around 80% and 60% for 6-inch panels and 5.8-inch panels respectively. Apparently the iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and the iPhone 8 (or whatever it may end up being called) is shown on these images.
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