Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) floor came to a complete halt at 11.30am EST today as a result of a suspected technical failure, with all screens displaying a “No Quotation” message.
“We’re currently experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible. We will be providing further updates as soon as we can, and are doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution, communicate thoroughly and transparently, and ensure a timely and orderly market re-open,” the NYSE said in an official statement.
Within the last few minutes, NYSE has published on Twitter that it does not suspect this to be a cyber attack, the message which reads as follows:
NYSE issued a further statement on its status page, detailing that “NYSE/NYSE MKT has temporarily suspended trading in all symbols. Additional information will follow as soon as possible.”
“It’s chaos. No one seems to know the root of the cause which seems to me is making everything worse,” a source on the floor of the stock exchange said, according to Bloomberg reporter Leslie Picker.
Shortly after the outage at NYSE, the Wall Street Journal also went offline.
Reports on various forums have showed during the past thirty minutes that an error has been displayed when attempting to view the Wall Street Journal website.
The NYSE said all open orders would be canceled, according to Reuters. The issues seemed to be limited to the NYSE floor, and the exchange said it did not affect the NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex/Arca Options.
Wall Street Journal’s outage lasted a matter of a few minutes, and has now resumed full service, however trading at NYSE remains suspended whilst the technical matter is resolved.