Tech Trouble on Wall Street: What You Need to Know About the NYSE Glitch

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Wild Ride on Wall Street: NYSE Glitch Sends Stocks on a Rollercoaster

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) experienced a heart-stopping glitch on Monday that caused major stock prices to swing wildly, leaving investors confused and regulators scrambling for answers.

The trouble started with a seemingly innocuous technical issue. According to the NYSE, a problem with industry-wide price bands triggered trading halts for dozens of stocks, including household names like Berkshire Hathaway, the investment firm led by legendary investor Warren Buffett.


For a nerve-wracking two hours, Berkshire Hathaway’s Class A shares displayed a price that would have meant a catastrophic 99.97% loss. Thankfully, the NYSE stepped in and declared those trades “erroneous,” canceling them and restoring some semblance of order.

But the episode raised eyebrows across the financial world. Market experts like Joe Saluzzi expressed skepticism about the NYSE’s explanation, pointing to the sudden and inexplicable price drops for stocks like Berkshire Hathaway. “It makes no sense,” Saluzzi said, highlighting the lack of gradual decline one would expect in a legitimate sell-off.

Berkshire Hathaway, the holding company run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, saw its stock plummet by nearly 100%, according to the errant reading. Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

While the glitch didn’t seem to significantly impact the overall market, the incident served as a stark reminder of the delicate balance and potential vulnerabilities within our financial systems. For individual investors caught in the crossfire, it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions – a moment of panic followed by a wave of relief as normalcy returned.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now monitoring the situation, and the NYSE is working to ensure such glitches don’t happen again. However, the episode serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the need for constant vigilance and robust safeguards to protect the integrity of our financial markets.

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