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New York Stock Exchange temporarily suspends trading of all securities

US markets were in the red even before the halt as the slide in Chinese markets spurred concerns over its impact on global economic growth.

Reuters

Updated:July 8, 2015, 10:01 PM IST
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New York Stock Exchange temporarily suspends trading of all securities
US markets were in the red even before the halt as the slide in Chinese markets spurred concerns over its impact on global economic growth.

Trading in all securities were halted on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday following earlier reports of technical difficulties, although NYSE-listed issues was still trading on other exchanges.

After the halt, US stocks extended their losses, but in low volumes, with the S&P 500 hitting a session low and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq both falling more than 1 per cent.

"It's under control. We're just waiting for word. There's no sign of panic at all," Mark Otto of J. Streicher & Co in New York said from the NYSE floor.

"We're waiting to hear word on if there's going to be a reopening, and when it is or any more details."

US markets were in the red even before the halt, which started just after 11:30 AM ET, as the slide in Chinese markets spurred concerns over its impact on global economic growth.

Beijing unveiled yet another battery of measures to arrest the sell-off in shares and the securities regulator warned of "panic sentiment" gripping investors in the world's second-largest economy.

Chinese shares have fallen more than 30 per cent in the last three weeks, and some investors fear China's turmoil is now a bigger risk than the crisis in Greece.

"With China, investors fear that could be indicative of a broader economic weakness," said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James in St. Petersburg, Florida.

"We've seen commodity prices fall in the recent days and there's the fear that China may be slowing down a lot more than previously thought."

Copper prices fell to a six-year low and oil prices hit a three-month low.

Fears of a slow down in China will be a concern for US companies, especially materials and industrial companies, which derive a chunk of their profit from the region.

Alcoa reports results after the close of markets, kicking off the quarterly earnings season. US corporate profits are expected to have fallen 3.1 per cent in the second quarter, according to Thomson Reuters estimates data.

At 12:02 PM ET the Dow Jones industrial average .DJI was down 219.24 points, or 1.23 per cent, at 17,557.67, the S&P 500 was down 28.43 points, or 1.37 per cent, at 2,052.91 and the Nasdaq Composite was down 74.48 points, or 1.49 per cent, at 4,922.98.

All the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with the telecommunications index down 1.6 per cent.

US-listed shares of Chinese companies took a beating, with Alibaba falling 1.9 per cent. Baidu fell 3.2 per cent and Weibo fell 3.8 per cent.

Euro zone members have asked Greece to come up with new proposals for a special EU summit on Sunday.

Investors looking for clues on the timing of a US interest rate hike will study the minutes from the US Federal Reserve's June 16-17 meeting, due at 2 PM ET.

United Airlines was down 2.2 per cent at $53.11 after its flights at all US airports were briefly grounded due to computer issues.

Tesla Motors fell 4.4 per cent to $255.99 after Pacific Crest downgraded the stock to "sector weight" from "overweight" on valuation, the second rating cut in two days.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by 2,391 to 523, for a 4.57-to-1 ratio on the downside. On the Nasdaq, 2,198 issues fell and 490 advanced for a 4.49-to-1 ratio favoring decliners.

The S&P 500 index showed 2 new 52-week highs and 11 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 20 new highs and 85 new lows.

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