On Second Thought, Stock Exchanges Closed for Storm

nysesecurity1 On Second Thought, Stock Exchanges Closed for StormIn the end, U.S. stock markets decided to heed the storm.

The New York Stock Exchange had planned to open trading electronically while shuttering its physical trading floor. “We are open for business and at the same time acting in accordance with actions taken by the city and state of New York,” said NYSE CEO Duncan L. Niederauer said in a release yesterday afternoon.

But NYSE reversed course  last night, announcing it would halt operations completely. The exchange is closed today, and may close tomorrow, “pending confirmation,” according to a release.

Nasdaq is also closed today; “it is likely that the markets will be closed” tomorrow, the exchange said in a release.

Bond markets will open, but the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommended that markets close at noon today.

Wall Street firms, meanwhile, have been asking nonessential staff to work from home. Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JPMorgan and American Express are among firms to close buildings in evacuation zone A in downtown Manhattan. From a Citigroup memo published by The Times:

All staff based in Citi facilities within mandatory evacuation zones must invoke their work-from-home strategies for Monday and Tuesday unless they are in business-critical roles that have established alternative work locations. Other Citi facilities outside of mandatory evacuation zones should be accessible for critical personnel only; non-critical personnel should invoke their work-from-home strategies.