Investors unable to trade as London Stock Exchange hit by technical glitch

Delay in trading as LSE fails to open on time.

The London Stock Exchange failed to open at its usual time of 8am owing to a technical issue.

Buyers and sellers of UK company shares on indices such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 were unable to trade British-listed companies as a result.

The LSE says that it is investigating a potential trading services issue”, but has not been more specific than this. 

The FTSE 100 closed at a six-month low last night of 7,067.01 points. Other European markets rallied this morning, however, the UK's stock exchange was unable to participate until later.

The exchange finally opened at 9.40am, more than 100 minutes late. It is the LSE's longest glitch since 2011.

The last time the LSE failed to open on time was in June 2018, when it opened an hour late owing to a technical issue.


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