Aug. 9 (UPI) -- European and U.S. stock exchanges fell Wednesday as investors reacted to rising tensions between the United States and North Korea.
North Korea responded hours later, saying it was considering a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 50 points, or 0.62 percent, at the start of Wednesday; the Nasdaq Composite was down 44 points and the S&P 500 was down 8.
Globally, France's CAC 40 share index fell 1.5 percent by the afternoon; Germany's DAX fell 1.3 percent. Earlier; Japan's benchmark stock index closed down 1.3 percent and South Korea's declined 1.1 percent.
The limited fall in the price of Asian stocks suggests that stockholders are not unduly alarmed, experts said.
Investments regarded as safe havens had a strong showing in Europe Wednesday. The price of gold rose 1.2 percent and the Swiss franc had its best day in nearly three years.