The consumer price data, which pointed to weak inflation, could cause the Federal Reserve to hold off from raising rates again this year.
Stocks closed slightly lower Wednesday, making up much of the ground they lost earlier following a rare batch of earnings disappointments by Walt Disney and other big companies. But Michael said the overall market was still expected to saw-tooth its way higher due in part to a batch of better-than-expected earnings and low interest rates, despite the shift toward raising rates.
Losses in health care and consumer-focused companies pulled USA stocks broadly lower Tuesday, snapping a 10-day winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average.
S&P 500 e-minis were down 10.25 points, or 0.41 percent, with 217,904 contracts traded.
"There's not a great incentive to buy big", said Lerner of SunTrust Advisory.
Six of the S&P 500 sectors ended higher.
Frankfurt's DAX 30 was 0.4 per cent lower at 11,961.60 points.
The Nasdaq Composite Index plunged 2.1% to 6216.87 and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index dropped 1.45% to 2438.21.
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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent, while Japan's Nikkei lost 1.3 percent as the stronger yen sapped investor appetite.
"Pretty remarkable, perhaps even extraordinary, considering", said Tim Ash, strategist at fund manager BlueBay.
Markets had seen a tentative recovery in risk appetite in USA and early Asian trading, but as the war of words resumed Asian stocks dropped back and London, Frankfurt and Paris all lost 0.5 to 1.2 per cent.
Stocks plunged, while US Treasuries and gold climbed, as US President Donald Trump's latest comments further inflamed tension with North Korea. It has weakened 1.5 percent since hitting a 2-1/2 year high of 1.1910 on August 2.
United States productivity data had little impact with some caution ahead of Friday's inflation data.
Ryu Yong-seok, a market analyst at KB Securities Co., said tensions between North Korea and the United States are partly to blame for the decline in the main index.
The Japanese yen last strengthened 0.03 per cent versus the greenback at 109.22 per dollar.
However, market watchers said equity markets remained focused on the deepening geopolitical crisis, as angry threats from Washington and Pyongyang stoke fears of a catastrophic miscalculation with global consequences.
Global stock markets ended their worst week in months amid rising tensions between the USA and North Korea, though US stock indexes steadied on Friday to close up slightly.
METALS: Gold added $10.80, or 0.8 percent, to settle at $1,290.10 an ounce. It was on course for a weekly rise of about 5%, the biggest such gain since July 2016.
The higher oil prices were of little boost to the Canadian dollar, which continued to move away from its July two-year highs.