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Nasdaq glitch sets AAPL & other shares to $123.47 in non-existent stock crash

A Nasdaq glitch caused a number of major trading platforms to display AAPL’s share value as $123.47, some 14.3% below its true value at the time. The incorrect price was shown on Bloomberg, Google Finance, Yahoo Finance and others.

Around 16 different stocks had their apparent value set to the same $123.47 price, including Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft.

Nasdaq told Business Insider that the problem was caused by ‘certain third parties’ incorrectly interpreting test data as a live feed. The test data originated from Nasdaq’s Unlisted Trading Privileges (UTP) service.

As part of its normal process, the UTP distributed normal test data, and certain third parties improperly consumed and propagated that data. Nasdaq is working with UTP and third parties to resolve the matter.

It’s unclear at this stage how the test data was propagated, but it appears that it may have happened first on Bloomberg, with other services then picking up that feed.

Apple, Alphabet and Amazon each saw their apparent market cap fall significantly, while Microsoft briefly appeared to be worth almost 80% more.

Automatic protections apparently kicked in, with trading in AAPL stock shown as having been halted on Bloomberg terminals, which displayed the message ‘Market wide circuit breaker halt – Level 2.’ It appears that market trading was not affected, including pre-market trading.

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