FTSE 100 DOWN: FTSE fails to open - What is going on with the UK stock market right now?

FTSE 100 DOWN: FTSE fails to open - What is going on with the UK stock market right now?FTSE 100 DOWN: FTSE fails to open - What is going on with the UK stock market right now?

The London Stock Exchange failed to open this morning, triggering panic of a UK market meltdown. A high open had been predicted for the FTSE on Friday, however, the index has not opened. In a statement at 9.20am this morning, the LSE said: "All GTD orders on partition 1 and 2 have been expired. "Instruments on partition 1 and 2 will resume in an opening auction call at 09:20 and will uncross at 09:40. "EDSP auction for FTSE100 securities will commence as per today’s standard schedule at 10:10. Users that receive rejection messages, are advised to log out their trading sessions and log back on to the relevant gateways again." The statement comes as the blue-chip index hit a six-month low on Thursday, as concerns about the world economy grew in line with the escalations of the US-Chine trade war. Over 30 days the index is down more than 6.7 percent but is still up more than 5 percent since the beginning of 2019. “Can confirm there are technical problems affecting certain securities on the London Stock Exchange,” a spokesperson from the LSE told CNBC Friday. What is going on with the UK stock market right now? The UK stock markets usually open at 8am. London Stock Exchange said in a statement on Friday a “potential trading services issue” caused it to delay the opening of both FTSE 100 and 250 stocks. Companies in those benchmarks include BP Plc, AstraZeneca Plc, HSBC Holdings Plc and Tate & Lyle Plc. The group said in an update around 10 minutes prior to the market opening it was “investigating” the issue. At 8.02am, after the scheduled opening time, it announced to markets the open of securities listed on the two flagship indices would be “delayed.” This is the second time in 14 months the FTSE has faced a delayed open, and in June 2018 an hour-long blackout hit the index. The blackout was caused by a software issue, and was the first to impact the FTSE in seven years. Klaudius Sobczyk, a fund manager at PEH Wertpapier AG in Frankfurt told Bloomberg: “The market is at the moment in a very delicate stage.
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