NEW YORK (MEDIA GENERAL/AP) – Trading has resumed on the New York Stock Exchange after an outage of more than three hours caused by technical problems.
There was no interruption at the dozens of other U.S. stock exchanges Wednesday, including the Nasdaq, so investors were still able to buy and sell stocks easily.
Trading on the New York Stock Exchange was temporarily halted at 11:302 a.m. due to a technical issue. The NYSE didn’t say what the problem was but described it as internal issue and not the result of a breach of its systems.
“We’re currently experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible,” the NYSE said in a statement. “We will be providing further updates as soon as we can, and we are doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution, communicate thoroughly and transparently, and ensure a timely and orderly market re-open.”
The market was already lower as traders worried about China’s failure to halt a plunge in its shares and talks remained stuck between Greece and its lenders.
In the last hour of trading the Dow Jones industrial average was down 210 points, or 1.2 percent, at 17,569. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was off 25 points, or 1.2 percent, to 2,056.
Technical issues were blamed for shutdowns at United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal as well. The nation’s largest airline blamed a “router issue” for suspending all of its flights for nearly two hours, while WSJ rerouted site visitors to a temporary page during “technical difficulties.”
Government officials said the incidents were not related, or the result of sabotage, counter to an endless stream of jokes and conspiracy theories posted on Facebook and Twitter.