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The conflict between the U.S. and North Korea is heating up, markets react with drops.

Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:

 

The conflict between the U.S. and North Korea is heating up, markets react with drops.

Here are 4 tips for today's trading. This will help you decide where you should invest and what to look for:

 

1. Trump, North Korea hits markets

Markets continued to react Wednesday to the faceoff between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea.

Before the close Tuesday on Wall Street, President Trump’s remarks that North Korea would face "fire and fury like the world has never seen" hit U.S. stocks.

North Korea did not take the “warning” lying down and, just hours later, a spokesman for the Korean People's Army said in a statement it was "carefully examining" plans for a missile attack on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which has a large U.S. military base.

Investors reacted with a risk-off stance despite that fact that experts suggested that an escalation to nuclear proportions was highly unlikely.

2. Safe haven assets surge

The flight to safety on the back of geopolitical tension surrounding North Korea put the Swiss franc on track to log its largest daily gain against the euro since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, known as Brexit.

The Swissy, which is often sought in times of geopolitical tension or market turbulence, was also sharply higher against dollar.

Market players also flocked to the JPY, another safe haven currency.

Investors also jumped into gold as the precious metal bounced back from what been its weakest level since July 26.

3. Global stocks mostly lower

President Donald Trump's warning North Korea faced "fire and fury" and Pyongyang's response it was considering an attack on Guam drove investors out of stocks on Wednesday.

Following an initial downturn on Wall Street, investors took the cue and moved out of Asian equities with Japan’s Nikkei notably closing down 1.3%.

Apart from worries over North Korea, European bourses were further hit by concern over reports that a car hit a group of soldiers in a suburb of Paris on Wednesday, in what was described as a deliberate act.

U.S. futures pointed to a continuation of investor caution, suggesting a lower open on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Oil underwent choppy trade on Wednesday, but managed to return slight gains in early morning North American trade as those investors appeared to take heart in a large decline in U.S. crude inventories.

After markets closed Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute said that U.S. oil inventories fell by 7.89 million barrels in the week ended August 4, compared to expectations for a decline of just 2.2 million. The U.S. Energy Information Administration will release its official weekly data at 14:30 GMT amid forecasts for a draw of 2.72 million barrels.

4. Disney falls on profit drop

Shares of Disney sank more than 3% in pre-market trade Wednesday after the entertainment giant reported a 9% drop in profit and announced that it would stop providing new movies to Netflix in a bet to provide its own subscription service that met skepticism over costs and capability from investors.

Despite the market reaction to Disney’s numbers, the second-quarter reporting season has been largely positive. With 445 of the S&P 500 companies already having released figures, 73% have beat profit forecasts while 70% topped consensus sales estimates.

Wednesday will be a relatively quiet session with a handful of earnings from the likes of Office Depot, 21st Century Fox, Wendy’s or Mylan Labs, as investors brace for a round of results from brick-and-mortar retailers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s, Nordstrom and JC Penney or recent IPOs such as Snap and Blue Apron in the final two days of the week.