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At Deadline - Breakers

Traders Magazine, June 1998

John A. Byrne

The New York Stock Exchange implemented new circuit-breaker trigger levels on July 1 for the third quarter of 1998. Based on the current level of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the new triggers on a ten percent, or 900-point decline will halt trading for one hour before 2 p.m, and for 30 minutes between 2 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. The circuit breakers will not stop trading on a 900-point decline between 2:30 p.m. and the session close at 4 p.m.

A 1,750-point dip, or 20-percent Dow decline, will halt trading for two hours if the decline occurs before 1 p.m. Trading will stop for one hour with a 20-percent dip between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. And trading will halt for the remainder of the day if a 20-percent decline occurs between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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