NYSE Euronext fault hits trade

TRADING on leading European stock exchanges was delayed by an hour yesterday morning after NYSE Euronext encountered technical difficulties.

The Paris, Brussels, Lisbon, and Amsterdam markets were unable to place orders at 8am UK time as scheduled and traders instead had to wait until 9am for the system to spring back to life. Euronext said it was investigating the cause of the glitch, which affected stocks, bonds, and some derivatives.