Nordstrom shares were up 1.63 percent at $45.60 following the apparel retailer's better-than-expected quarterly same-store sales.
Oil was lower during Asian trading, after reports that OPEC exports were up due to recent higher production from Libya and Nigeria.
The first-tier market's composite index Kospi closed at 2,359.47, down 0.38 percent from Wednesday, while the tech-heavy Kosdaq dropped 0.44 percent.
All three major stock indexes dropped 0.2 per cent at the close, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing at 22,085.34, halting a almost two-week run of closing records.
The euro declined against its key counterparts in the early European session on Thursday, as European shares declined on mounting tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, with Pyongyang branding Trump "bereft of reason" and detailing plans to launch missiles towards the United States territory of Guam.
Trump was responding to North Korea's claim it was completing plans to fire four intermediate-range missiles over Japan to land near the US Pacific territory of Guam.
Gold Remains Sensitive to USA dollar strengthening.
The North Korea situation isn't the only thing weighing on stocks.
"BP and Shell were both down 1.5 percent, while the likes of Rio Tinto and Anglo American plunged anywhere between 2 percent and 2.8 percent".
Nvidia fell $7.37, or 4.3 percent, to $164.74, while Advanced Micro Devices gave up 71 cents, or 5.5 percent, to $12.12.
FINANCIALS FALLING: Several financial sector companies also helped pull down the market. Silver gained 47 cents, or 2.9 percent, to $16.86 an ounce.
Disappointing company earnings and outlooks put traders in a selling mood. Dillard's slumped 15.9 percent after the chain booked a loss for the second quarter as increased inventory led to big discounts. Its shares tumbled $11.35 to $61.99.
BAD TRIP: Priceline Group slid 8.1 percent after the online travel booking service issued a profit forecast that was weaker than analysts were expecting.
The 30-year Treasury bond rose 27/32 in price to yield 2.8252 percent, from 2.867 percent late on Tuesday.
In commodities trading, USA crude oil was wallowing around $49 to the barrel amid speculation that a predicted gain in American output will offset OPEC-led efforts to trim a global glut. WTI was last trading at $49.10 a barrel while Brent was at $52.00. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, gained 40 cents to $52.54 in London.
CURRENCIES: The dollar slipped to 109.48 yen from 109.85 late Wednesday.
The index was also dragged lower after Beijing ordered probes into three major Chinese social networking platforms over outlawed content. Platinum also moved up 0.8% to $979.85, while palladium moved up a percentage point to $900.30.
The biggest risers on the FTSE 100 Index were Smurfit Kappa up 38p to 2,224p, Persimmon up 39p to 2,501p, DCC up 70p to 6,885p, Barratt Developments up 6p to 595.5p.
The pound was down 0.1% against the euro at 1.10.