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South Korea ETFs deepen losses as geopolitical concerns persist
Exchange-traded funds that track the South Korean equity market fell on Thursday, extending their recent weakness as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea remained elevated. The iShares MSCI South Korea Capped ETF lost 1.9%, building on the 2% drop it underwent in Wednesday's session. The fund is on track for its third straight daily decline, a period over which it has lost nearly 5% of its value. Thus far this week it is down about 4.3% and on track for its biggest weekly loss since January 2016, according to FactSet data. Among other funds, the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI South Korea Hedged Equity ETF fell 1.3%, the First Trust South Korea AlphaDEX Fund was down 1.6% and the Direxion Daily South Korea Bull 3X Shares , a leveraged fund that aims to offer 300% the daily move of its underlying index, dropped 5.3%. The South Korean Won fell 0.6% against the U.S. dollar, bringing its month-to-date decline to 2.4%. Global tensions appeared to escalate after North Korean army commander said, "sound dialogue" isn't possible with President Donald Trump and "only absolute force can work on him," according to state media. North Korea also laid out detailed plans of how it would launch a missile strike on U.S. military bases in Guam.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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