Crude oil prices tumbled on the back of the selloff on Wall Street and lingering concerns over global oversupply.
Amid the hot rhetoric, USA stocks sold off sharply on Thursday, with the S&P 500 falling more than 1 percent. "Limited news flow is what can be blamed for the narrow trading ranges, but expect this to change as we get closer to Friday's U.S. CPI release".
NASDAQ measures a number of indices reflecting the reaction of USA's high tech markets and business environments on the country's political and economic developments which have an impact on high tech markets.
At 10:34 a.m. ET (1434 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index fell 70.95 points, or 0.47 percent, to 15,146.38.
Barrick Gold Corp rose 2.1 percent to C$21.7, while Goldcorp Inc rose 0.9 percent to C$16.29.
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".
European markets also slid in early trade after Wall Street indices suffered their biggest losses in almost three months Thursday, while the dollar struggled to recover from eight-week lows below 109 yen as investors fled to safe haven assets.
"The war of words between the leaders of the USA and North Korea continues to dominate investor sentiment", said Forex.com technical analyst Fawad Razaqzada.
The S&P 500 dropped the most since May and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe .MIWD00000PUS lost 1.1 percent in its third straight day of declines, as it pulled further back from all-time highs.
The Australian dollar, which rose to a 19-month high near 90 yen late in July, was down 0.6 per cent at 86.77 yen after slipping to a one-month low of 86.23 yen.
European bourses also looked set to open lower across the board, with Eurostoxx 50 futures already down 0.7 percent in early trade.
"The market had been complacent for a while regarding headlines from North Korea".
At 3:15pm BST, the Comex gold futures contract for December delivery was up 1.09% or $13.90 to $1,293.20 an ounce, as the precious metal extended overnight gains, of almost 2% stateside, with yet another rally in Asia and Europe. TMX Group Ltd was up 3.5 percent to C$68.23, while Quebecor Inc added 2.9 percent to C$44.60.
Hong Kong shed more than one percent and Shanghai also closed down, while Seoul shares continued their sell-off after slumping Wednesday, with the won again softening.
Retailers Wal-Mart (WMT), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT), Staples (SPLS), and Gap (GPS) are also among the companies due to report their quarterly results next week. It was last up 1.2% at 1.1305 per euro.
Benchmark 10-year notes were last up 12/32 in price to yield 2.201 percent, from 2.242 percent late on Wednesday. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 1.2 percent to 5,693.10. Japan was closed on a public holiday.
Shell Midstream Partners LP
Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company's stock. Barclays Capital downgraded American Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:AMID) on Monday, January 11 to "Equal Weight" rating.
Hunter shoots an elephant that killed 15 in India
Khan, who has carried out 24 previous government-sanctioned hunting missions, said he was baffled by the elephant's behaviour. The sharpshooter was last roped in by authorities in western Maharastra state, where he tranquilised a killer tiger.