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Bloomberg outage hits markets
17 Apr 2015 17:05
An outage at news and market data provider Bloomberg LP hit financial markets around the world today, prompting debt sales to be postponed and exacerbating a spike in volatility in European stocks.
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Service was restored to most customers later during the day.
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The lack of price visibility was blamed for accelerating a sell-off in European shares, while trading volumes in German government bond futures contracts fell by around a third.
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Social media first reported the Bloomberg systems going down at around 6.20am and the screens were blank for most of the following two hours, market participants said, adding that prices were unavailable and the news feed intermittent.
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It was unclear what caused the outage on the system that provides real-time news and financial information to more than 320,000 subscribers globally and allows users to trade across asset classes. The impact was widely felt.
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Bloomberg News, which has 2,400 reporters and editors in more than 150 bureaus worldwide, competes with Thomson Reuters in providing financial news and information.
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