The New York Stock Exchange suspended all trading for nearly four hours Wednesday because of “a reported technical issue,” the exchange said in a statement on its website.
Trading was halted at 11:32 a.m. EDT. Orders began being accepted for trades on the NYSE at 3:10 p.m. EDT and on NYSE MKT (the former American Stock Exchange) at 3:05 p.m. EDT, NYSE said on its market status website.
Sara Rich, a spokeswoman at the NYSE, confirmed tweets posted by the NYSE that the outage was internal in nature and was not the result of a cyberattack.
NYSE Arca and NYSE Amex/Arca Options were unaffected, the NYSE said. Trading continued on other venues such as the Nasdaq Stock Market and BATS Global Markets.
Ryan D. Larson, head of equity trading, U.S., at RBC Global Asset Management (U.S.), said early Wednesday afternoon that the NYSE outage is “not impacting us at all; business as usual. There are 10 other exchanges in the U.S. and trading in NYSE-listed names continues in orderly fashion.” He said the outage could become a bigger issue if it continues as the 4 p.m. EDT close approaches.