Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

Toronto Stock Exchange shuts down early on technical problems

Toronto Stock Exchange shuts down early on technical problems

The TSX' last huge shutdown was nearly 10 years ago when a glitch in the system lead to the market being shut down for an entire day.

Trading on all TMX Group exchanges, including the Toronto Stock Exchange, was shut down early on Friday following widespread technical issues.

Karl Schamotta of Cambridge Global Payments said: "In true Canadian fashion, most traders declared "beer o'clock" when they saw that the TMX was closed", and "It certainly appears to be a technical glitch but there does not seem to be a lot of information about exactly what caused it". We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Trading stopped at 1:39 p.m., and the exchange operator later said on Twitter that the bourse won't re-open for the day.

"There have got to be people out there who need things sold today and they're screwed", he said. Trading is expected to resume Monday.

The Ontario Securities Commission, meanwhile, referred all questions regarding the outage back to the exchange.

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The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX Composite Index, the main Canadian index, was up 0.2 per cent at 15,688.93 points before the issues began.

TMX-owned exchanges accounted for about 61 percent of the value of stocks traded in Canada last month, according to data from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.

"I don't think it was an incredibly high volume day".

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The exchange's normal trading hours are 9:30 4 p.m. ET, same as the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Exchange. The TSX and the Montreal Exchange shut down all of their markets about two hours early on Friday afternoon after experiencing "internal technical" problems with trading.

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