The Nasdaq Composite Index, the hardest hit equity gauge on Thursday, climbed 36 points, or 0.6%, to 6,252.
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North Korea said it was completing plans to fire four intermediate - range missiles over Japan to land near the U.S. Pacific island territory of Guam.
For the week, the Dow is on track to fall 0.9%, its biggest one-week drop since April.
Stocks saw some strength during trading on Friday, regaining ground following the sell-off seen in the previous session. Both the Nasdaq and the Russell are set for their third straight weekly decline.
Investors said the rhetoric may have sparked some selling, but it wasn't exclusively to blame for the sharp fall. Its weekly gain of 2.6 per cent is the largest since June 2016.
Markets had seen a tentative recovery in risk appetite in U.S. 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.
Outside the political arena, declines in a pair of technology stocks added to the cautious tone on the day.
ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down less than 0.1 percent to finish at 19,729.74.
In other corporate news, shares of Snapchat parent Snap fell 13% after it reported earnings late Thursday that missed analyst forecasts. Some say expectations for its server-chip business were just too high (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/nvidia-stock-could-pause-as-server-growth-slows-down-2017-08-10). Over the next three months, the average gain has been good but not great - +1.15%.
There have been some markets which have benefitted from the US-North Korean sabre rattling.
But U.S. stocks regained some lost ground, despite Trump's comments Friday that U.S. weapons are "locked and loaded", ready to respond if North Korea acts "unwisely".
An editorial in China's state-run Global Times (http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1060791.shtml), published late Thursday local time, added to the pressure on Asian markets.
They suggest the US and China, a North Korean ally, could work together to de-escalate the situation.
Retailers Wal-Mart (WMT), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT), Staples (SPLS), and Gap (GPS) are also among the companies due to report their quarterly results next week.
USA crude fell 0.41 percent to $48.39 per barrel and Brent was last at $51.68, down 0.42 percent on the day.
Investors again sought safe-haven assets such as gold and the Swiss franc, helping gold hit a more two-month high.