The trades that caused a US$2b plunge in UOB’s market value have been upheld

(PHOTO: REUTERS/Edgar Su)

By Abhishek Vishnoi

(Bloomberg) -- Singapore Exchange Ltd. upheld the trades that briefly erased more than $2 billion in market value for United Overseas Bank Ltd., saying the transactions didn’t breach any limits and there were no requests for cancellation.

Shares in Singapore’s third-largest bank by assets slumped as much as 6.6% in early trading amid thin volume but quickly reversed that loss. Four traders said that they suspect the slump was due to a trading error. The stock rose 0.4% as of 3:20 p.m. in local time, adding to its yearly gain of about 4.6% as of Tuesday’s close.

The brief plunge in UOB’s shares brought back memories of haphazard spree of sell orders that caused a $41 billion crash in shares of Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd., the flagship investment firm of a 186-year-old conglomerate, earlier this year.

“No request to cancel the trades was received and the trades were upheld,” Carolyn Lim, a spokeswoman at the exchange said by email. Trades involving 80,000 UOB shares were put through this morning between S$24.00 and S$25.69 during continuous trading, Lim said.

Kelyn Tan Siang Wei, a spokeswoman for UOB, did not provide any comments on the trade.

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