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Cyber complications are rocking the financial markets on Wednesday.

In early morning trading, United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE: UAL) briefly grounded all worldwide flights due to a computer glitch. It has since been resolved.

Before noon, the New York Stock Exchange trading floor was halted on a major gateway issue. As of 12:45 p.m. ET, the major financial exchange is still down.

In an interview, Nanex's Eric Hunsader told Benzinga ''technical notices out this morning that they were having some other issues...issues with SOME groups of people weren't able to access platform properly." Of note, CNN reported a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson told the outlet there have been no indications of malicious activity.

A Broader Issue?

Shortly after the NYSE's issues, the Wall Street Journal's website was also down, along with other parts of the Dow Jones Digital Network, including Barron's and MarketWatch.

According to, major websites Reddit, Craigslist, WeChat and GlassDoor were also down at one point. A separate web monitoring service reported the European Parliament's platform had connectivity issues for more than 20 minutes amid the issues.

Stocks To Watch

The NASDAQ and other electronic exchanges, though, are still in action. FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE), Cyberark Software Ltd (NASDAQ: CYBR), Palo Alto Networks Inc (NYSE: PANW) and other cybersecurity firms are trading up on the news.

United Airlines is down nearly 3 percent on the day.

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