Yen firms after N.Korea says considering plan to strike Guam

US B-1B Lancer bombers

But while investors appeared to favor safe-haven assets, some bargain seekers helped Wall Street's three major indexes pare losses.

Guam has since 2013 been home to the only Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) system to be permanently stationed on USA territory.

Japan's Nikkei also handed back earlier gains and was a shade lower.

Among the financials, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank dropped between 0.6 percent and 1.4 percent.

The dollar lost further ground to drop below ¥109.80, hitting the lowest level in one and a half months, following a plunge in Tokyo stock prices and a fall in USA long-term interest rates.

Throughout the mission, which lasted about 10 hours, the aircrews practiced intercept and formation training, Pacific Air Forces officials said, enabling them to enhance their combined capabilities and tactical skills while also strengthening the long-standing military-to-military relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. "But as past incidents involving the Korean Peninsula have shown, the impact on financial markets tends to fade away over a span of few days".

Trump's response to that news was to further fan the flames of belligerence between the US and the DPRK. Ten-year US yields dropped 4.3 basis points to 2.24 per cent and German equivalents fell 3 bps to 0.43 per cent, a six-week low.

"The goal of the German government is to avoid a further military escalation and to settle the conflict in the North Pacific peacefully", said government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.

The Swiss and Japanese currencies are often sought in times of geopolitical tension partly because the countries have big current account surpluses.

The Japanese yen strengthened by 0.5 per cent to around 109.70 per dollar.

The dollar index .DXY , which tracks the greenback against six rival currencies, was down 0.12 percent to 93.53, after rising as high as 93.888 earlier in the session.

Oil prices rose before a report expected to show US crude stocks fell for a sixth week.

To recap the news, after an early rally, gold prices fell after data showed US job openings surged to a record high in June. It was last up 1.1 percent at 1.1321 per euro.

The recent mission likely comes in response to heightening tensions between the US and North Korea. Bent crude, the global benchmark, rose 19 cents to $52.33 a barrel.

Gold prices were nudged away from recent highs as broader risk aversion receded somewhat.

Spot gold rose 0.3 per cent to US$1,264.50 per ounce at 0324 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery rose 0.6 per cent to US$1,270.40 per ounce.

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