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LSE Says Circuit-Breakers Temporarily Halted 5 Stocks

Trading was temporarily halted yesterday on five stocks on the London Stock Exchange after unusual price moves triggered circuit breakers meant to prevent excessive volatility, a spokesman for the exchange said.

BT Group Plc, Hays Plc, Next Plc, Northumbrian Water Group Plc and United Utilities Group Plc were halted. The circuit breakers went into effect at around 2 p.m. yesterday in London after each of the stocks rose or fell more than 5 percent from their opening price. Circuit breakers are triggered on a “daily” basis on LSE’s markets, the exchange said.