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A sea of red across Asian markets as Mid East tensions rise - Nasdaq 100 slides below 18k

As noted here late yesterday evening the reports of an imminent Iranian attack on Israel sent US stocks sharply lower into the close. It also pushed the Yen and the dollar higher. Surprisingly, it did not push gold back above $2,300 again, but more on that in an update to follow later. So, the US stocks all turned sour and handed back earlier gains and all closed lower by more than 1%.  The Nasdaq 100 led those losses, closing 1.55% lower. Earlier the index had traded to a high at 18,362. It fell back to a low at 17,875 and pretty much closed right on that low too, at 17,878. The falls in the US have delivered a Sea of Red across the Asian markets today. However, right now the Nasdaq 100 futures are a little higher, currently indicating a reopening around 17,925. That said, with the US monthly jobs report today, the scene is set for a very bumpy day ahead of the weekend 

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