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What is a trading halt?

A trading halt is a temporary suspension of trading to affected stocks, or potentially the market as a whole. During a trading halt, investors cannot buy or sell the affected stocks. These usually last less than an hour, but may be longer depending on the nature of the halt. The SEC can also suspend trading for up to 10 days if the situation demands it in the public interest and for the protection of investors.

Trading halts are implemented by the stock exchange where the stock is listed (e.g. NYSE, NASDAQ) or by the SEC. Revolut does not determine or control trading halts.

Reasons for trading halts can include impactful news being released on a specific stock, extreme volatility, regulatory concern or a major corporate action.