“U.S. stock exchanges on Thursday halted trading in all securities listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market because of a technical issue, exchange officials said,” Jacob Bunge reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. announced the halt at 12:15 p.m. ET Thursday, and other exchanges followed suit. Nasdaq also said it was halting trade in its options markets,” Bunge reports. “The issue stemmed from a data feed that provides market data for Nasdaq-listed securities, the exchanges said in notices sent to traders.”

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CNBC reports, “A spokesman for the exchange said: ‘Nasdaq will not be canceling open orders on the book. Customers who wish to cancel their orders may do so and any customer who wishes to not participate in the re-opening should cancel their orders prior to the resumption of trading. Additionally, Nasdaq will clear all stale quotes from the UTP SIP prior to the commencement of trading.’

CNBC reports, “‘If I was back in the days of 10 years ago managing 300 traders I’d put the directive out to every one of them ‘we don’t put any orders in at the open’ … no one trades for 60 minutes,’ said Joe Terranova, chief market strategist for Virtus Investment Partners and a CNBC contributor.”

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