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Storm will keep US stock markets closed today
NEW YORK—Stock trading will be closed in the US for a second day today as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast. Bond trading will also be closed.
The last time the New York Stock Exchange was closed for weather was in 1985 because of Hurricane Gloria, and it will be the first time since 1888 that the exchange will have been closed for two consecutive days because of weather. The cause then was a blizzard that left drifts as high as 40 feet (12 meters) in the streets of New York City.
The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq said they intend to reopen on Wednesday and would keep investors updated. Much of the East Coast was at a standstill yesterday as the storm approached. Mass transit and schools were closed across the region ahead of the storm hitting land, which was expected to happen later Monday.
Areas around New York’s Financial District were part of a mandatory evacuation zone. The storm surge is already pushing water over seawalls in the southern tip of Manhattan.
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