The New York Stock Exchange has suspended trading, supposedly because of some sort of "technical issue." In what may be a totally unrelated twist, the Wall Street Journal's home page is down. Here's a very calm man in a suit saying don't sweat it, the "System" will no doubt resume soon. He'd like that, wouldn't he?
BREAKING: Technical issue halts trading at New York Stock Exchange http://t.co/Yl0qPhz4Pk
— msnbc (@msnbc) July 8, 2015
The mysterious technical glitch came on the same morning that a technical glitch grounded United Airlines flights worldwide. Probably no need to withdraw all your money from the bank ASAP?
The Wall Street Journal's home page showed a "504" error shortly before noon, along with the cryptic message "Something did not respond fast enough, that's all we know..." Meanwhile, back over on the stock exchange, your punishment must be more severe...
all trading stopped on the nyse? "It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan." pic.twitter.com/wfzeQGsZxr
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) July 8, 2015
UPDATE 12:26 p.m.: Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who recently voted in favor of a cybersecurity bill, has reportedly said that whatever "this" is may be a cyber attack.
Sen. Bill Nelson: The stock exchange glitch "has all the appearances of a cyber attack"
— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) July 8, 2015
The Wall Street Journal, which has returned online via a redirected url, now reports that "The halt came amid a broad selloff in shares that was spurred by a deepening decline in China’s stock market. It’s unclear what’s causing the disruption. Representatives of the exchange couldn’t immediately be reached for comment."
Update 12:34 p.m.: The NYSE says the suspension of trading is due to an internal issue and "not the result of a cyber breach." (United is reportedly saying something similar, blaming an internal router failure.)
(1 of 3) The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach.
— NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015
But this is uncanny:
— Andrew Laycock (@a_laycock) July 8, 2015
Update 3:23 p.m.:Trading has resumed!
At least Twitter is trying to help.
Hey NYSE try taking out the cartridge and blowing on it.
— Neil Irwin (@Neil_Irwin) July 8, 2015
.@NYSE DID YOU TRY TURNING IT OFF AND BACK ON AGAIN
— KStreetHipster (@KStreetHipster) July 8, 2015
this is what you get for putting peas in guacamole
— Josh Petri (@joshpetri) July 8, 2015
Just called the New York Sock Exchange. Employee confirmed the shop is still open. pic.twitter.com/0cAcx5E83C
— Evan Weiss (@eaweiss) July 8, 2015
Everyone form tribes and choose a Chief. At night, the creeping chaos of darkness will signal the battle for control.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 8, 2015