All US stock exchanges shut down before Hurricane Sandy
The NYSE had initially said it will open its trading floor but decided to remain shut, a first since the September 11 attacks when the exchange was closed for three days.
The Nasdaq exchange announced it would be closed today.
The CME Group in Chicago will also remain closed.
CME Group's Nymex headquarters and New York trading floor are located in a mandatory evacuation zone in Manhattan. Its New York trading floor were to be closed, but electronic markets were functioning.
"In consultation with other exchanges and market participants, NYSE Euronext will close its markets on Monday and pending confirmation on Tuesday, October 30," NYSE said in a statement.
"We support the consensus of the markets and the regulatory community that the dangerous conditions developing as a result of Hurricane Sandy will make it extremely difficult to ensure the safety of our people and communities, and safety must be our first priority," the statement said.
"We will work with the industry to determine the next steps in restoring trading as soon as the situation permits," it said.
The United Nations headquarters too would remain closed "due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy" with all meetings having been cancelled. The closure may be extended to Tuesday, October 30, the UN's media office said.
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