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trading halt  

Definition 1.

A temporary stoppage of trading, usually for 30 minutes, in a particular security for a specific reason, such as a pending news announcement or an order imbalance. During a trading halt, open orders may still be canceled and options may still be exercised. also called suspended trading.
 

Definition 2.

When trading of a stock, bond, option or futures contract is stopped by an exchange while news is being broadcast about the security. See: Suspended trading.
 

Definition 3.

The suspension of trading in a Nasdaq security while material news from the issuer is being disseminated. A trading halt generally lasts 30 minutes and gives all investors equal opportunity to evaluate news and make buy, sell, or hold decisions on that basis. (See material news)
 

Definition 4.

A pause in the trading of a particular security on one or more exchanges, usually in anticipation of a news announcement or to correct an order imbalance. During a trading halt, open orders may be cancelled and options may be exercised. A trading halt gives all investors equal opportunity to evaluate news and make buy, sell, or hold decisions on that basis. A trading halt may also be imposed for purely regulatory reasons.
 
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