You think you had a bad day? Bats Global Markets Inc, the six-year-old equity exchange, saw its debut as a public company go haywire as a system error caused incorrect price quotes and Apple Inc. (AAPL) was halted due to a transaction on its platform. “It’s a pretty inauspicious start,” Sam Ginzburg, a partner and head of capital markets at First New York Securities LLC, a New York-based proprietary trading firm, said today in a phone interview. Data received by Bloomberg showed Bats’s shares, the first ever to be listed on its Lenexa, Kansas-based market, traded for pennies following the initial public offering at $16. Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. later said they were canceled and Bats suspended its own stock until further notice. At the same time, a single trade of 100 shares of Apple, the world’s most valuable company, triggered a circuit breaker that paused the stock. [Bloomberg]
BATS Global Markets Feels Emotionally Ready To Try For That IPO Again
Fingers crossed an amateur hour screw up on the big day doesn't derail things...again.
BATS Owns It
If you're looking for contrition from BATS Global Markets following its revelation that it's been screwing up hundreds of thousands of trades and violating rules for about four years, you'll be disappointed. The latest exchange forced to publicly admit incompetence says it's going to try to fix things, but that customers (and, presumably, the SEC) occasional snafu.
BATS: We've Sort of Been Allowing Illegal Trades On-and-Off For, Oh, Four Years, Give Or Take
As we have seen, the largest and second-largest U.S. stock exchanges have been having some trouble with little things like IPOs and processing and reporting trades. Now, it's the third's turn: