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Technical Snag Triggers 3-Hour Halt in Europe Stock Futures

Futures in some of Europe’s biggest equity markets failed to open during the first three hours of trading, with Euronext NV blaming the halt on a technical issue.

Derivatives products resumed trading from 11:10 a.m. Paris time, more than three hours later than normal, Euronext said on its website.

The exchange operator owns some of the most valuable indexes in Europe, including the CAC 40 in France, the AEX in the Netherlands and Belgium’s BEL 20. While the indexes opened as normal, traders were unable to hedge using the stock futures.

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