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Stocks spooked, safe-haven assets jump as U.S. missiles strike Syria

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Bonds, the yen and gold jumped in Asia on Friday, while stocks slipped, as investors turned to safe-haven assets after the United States launched cruise missiles against an air base in Syria, raising the risk of confrontation with Syrian backers Russia and Iran.

The U.S. dollar dropped as much as 0.6 percent, while gold and oil prices rallied hard, though the early market panic calmed when a U.S. official called the attack a "one-off," with no plans for escalation.

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the strikes on Thursday against a Syrian air base controlled by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in retaliation for a chemical attack that killed at least 70 people on Tuesday in a rebel-held area that was launched from the base.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.4 percent after earlier sliding as much as 0.85 percent to a 2-1/2-week low. The index is set to end the week down about 0.2 percent.

E-mini S&P 500 futures lost 0.3 percent, having earlier tumbled as much as 0.7 percent, in unusually sharp moves for Asian hours.

But Japan's Nikkei reversed course again to be up 0.5 percent, heading for a 1.1 percent drop for the week.



Yes, let's see how spooked they get when they start trying to remove Assad.  Then again, why should the markets get spooked at all?  We have the PPT! So this article is saying that this is good for Trump because it makes him appear strong. And that a little movement is all that happened and it's all over.  It's not over. Did they forget about N. Korea? And China, Russia and Iran?  Lebanon is on the list, too. 


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Libya.Bomb the compound. Bomb an aspirin manufacturer,call it a nerve gas facility. End of story.

Same here.Sent a message.It was an email....with a big boom.

Im real curious to hear what the rooskies say.Im betting it wont be much.

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