Apple stock just keeps going up, up, up… except when some computer goes bananas, starts screaming “SELL SELL SELL” and all of Wall Street panics. Which is pretty much what happened earlier today, when Apple stock lost 9% of its value in just a blink of an eye.
There’s not much info on what happened yet, but according to Business Insider, AAPL stock was halted after it crashed 9% to $542.80 in a short time. Suspecting something was afoul, Wall Street took a look at things, and when the stock started trading again a little later, it opened back up at $598.39.
What happened? There are only theories, but the most likely explanation is that a trading error and a mistaken order to sell caused a chain reaction. As if Apple’s stock would plunge 9% after record iPad sales and the announcement of dividends.