The yen hit its highest in almost four months against the dollar. AFP / Kazuhiro NOGI
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Wall Street put a floor under global equities Friday after a weak inflation reading brought investors back into U.S. technology and other stocks, but gold and the yen still added slightly to the week's gains as tensions continued to escalate between North Korea and the United States.Hope that the Fed will have to slow its rate hike path appeared to stop, at least for now, the near $1-trillion loss in world stocks valuations this week triggered by the war of words between Pyongyang and the United States.The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index lost 1.06 percent and MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.17 percent.The yen added to an already-strong weekly rally of close to 1.5 percent, hitting its highest in almost four months versus the dollar at 108.73 yen.The dollar was further weighed Friday by the soft U.S. inflation data.The dollar index fell 0.3 percent, with the euro up 0.36 percent to $1.1812 .
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