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ICE Futures Uses Circuit Breaker to Slow Coffee Declines

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April 25 (Bloomberg) -- ICE Futures U.S. today for the first time used a “circuit breaker” to halt trading after a rapid price drop, the exchange said.

The market feature, which was implemented to prevent short-term aberrant price moves, was triggered when coffee futures dropped 400 points, or 4 cents, within 15 seconds to $1.758 a pound, Lee Underwood, an ICE spokesman said in an e-mailed statement. Trading was stopped for 30 seconds, ICE said.

“During the 30-second hold, trading continued at $1.758 and above in the July contract, and the market traded up following the expiration of the hold,” Underwood said. July futures fell 3.7 percent to settle at $1.7675 a pound today.

ICE said in a statement on March 20 that the use of the “circuit breakers” would start on April 9 in markets for sugar, coffee and other agricultural futures to curb price swings.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marvin G. Perez in New York at mperez71@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net