Nasdaq trading halted for 3 hours due to technical issue

Nasdaq trading halted for 3 hours due to technical issue

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Trading for Nasdaq-listed securities was halted for three hours because of a technical problem, but officials are not elaborating on what exactly happened, leading to lots of speculation.

The exchange sent out an alert to traders at 12:20 p.m. EDT saying that trading was being halted because of problems with a quote dissemination system.

The Nasdaq composite index was frozen at 3,631.17. Then after trading resumed hours later, the index closed at 4 p.m. up 38 points, or 1 percent, at 3,638.71.

The index is up 20 percent so far this year.

President Obama was briefed on the Nasdaq problems, according to a White House spokesman.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was involved, spokesman John Nester said earlier. "We are monitoring the situation and are in close contact with the exchanges, he said."

Thursday's problem is the latest in a string of technology-related mishaps afflicting exchanges and brokers as markets over the past two decades have migrated to electronic systems, according to the WSJ.

The Nasdaq did not mention the problems on its Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Copyright 2013 MyFoxNY.com/The Associated Press.

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