High-profile tech troubles cause headaches, concern

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It was a bumpy hump day for investors, travelers and business news consumers in Missouri and beyond, with technical glitches temporarily throwing several big companies into disarray on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, a computer glitch for United Airlines led the carrier to temporarily ground 3,500 flights nationwide. The stop was lifted later Wednesday morning, after about two hours, but it still caused delays for some travelers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

The New York Stock Exchange also fell victim to technical problems, suspending trading on its main market for 3 1/2 hours — the longest disruption in its history. By day’s end, the NYSE had reopened, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average had lost 1.47 percent.

Lenexa, Kan.-based stock exchange Bats Global Markets was unaffected by the closure, declaring “self-help” to bypass the NYSE and operating normally all day.

The Wall Street Journal, too, experienced a computer-related hiccup on Wednesday, with its website experiencing “technical difficulties” and sending visitors to a temporary site for a portion of the day.

Read more from the Kansas City Star and the St. Louis Business Journal

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