27 Oct '11, 4am

Glitch freezes Australian market on crucial day

Glitch freezes Australian market on crucial day

SYDNEY: Almost a full day's trading was lost on the Australian Stock Exchange Thursday after a major technical glitch delayed the open by four hours, frustrating investors ahead of a major European debt deal. A "connectivity issue" saw traffic halted shortly after the 10am open, paralysing one of Asia-Pacific's major markets and forcing 6,700 initial trades to be reviewed, the bourse said. "The markets were halted at 10:05am when ASX detected a connectivity issue. ASX has worked with its technology vendor to resolve the issue," it said. The Sydney exchange has a total market capitalisation of approximately A$1.2 trillion (US$1.26 trillion) and is ranked the eighth-largest market in the world in terms of free market capitalisation, according to its website. Approximately US$5 billion changes hands daily on the ASX. The early trades were ultimately approved and the market op...

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