NYSE trading halted: New York Stock Exchange
Published: July 9, 2015
NYSE trading halted: New York Stock Exchange, A computer bug stopped Wall Street bulls and bears in their tracks Wednesday, shutting down the New York Stock Exchange as the Dow Jones numbers took a sizable dip.
Federal officials quickly declared there was no sign of cyber terrorism or hacking after trading was suddenly halted at 11:30 a.m.
“We do not see any indication of a cyber-breach or a cyber-attack,” FBI Director James Comey told a Senate intelligence committee after the NYSE shutdown.
The problem occurred some 12 hours after the hacktivist group Anonymous sent an ominous tweet: “Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for Wall Street. … We can only hope.”
Top U.S. officials also dismissed any connection between the NYSE woes, a malfunction of The Wall Street Journal’s website and the temporary grounding of United flights due to computer issues.
“It appears, from what we know at this point, that the malfunctions at United and the stock exchange were not the result of any nefarious actor,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. President Obama was briefed on the disruption.
The as-yet-unexplained glitch came amid a sizable hit for the Dow Jones industrial average, which lost 261 points – a drop of 1.5% to 17,515.
Traders of U.S. stocks turned to dozens of other exchanges to handle their deals during the downtime, which NYSE characterized in a series of tweets as “an internal technical issue.”
Exchange officials and traders described the mess as a malfunction involving more than 200 of the 1,900 stock symbols.
The system was restored at 3:10 p.m., with 50 minutes of trading left before the market shut down at its usual 4 p.m. closing time.
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