Fashion Avenue: LVMH Briefly Sinks Almost 9 Percent; Traders Suspect “Fat Finger”

Shares in luxury goods group LVMH briefly fell almost 9 percent at the open on Monday before recovering in what traders said was likely a ,,fat finger” erroneous trade.

The shares on Paris’CAC 40 opened at 310.45 euros and fell to 285.7 euros, their lowest since Feb.12 in the opening minutes.

The stock then recovered most of the lost ground and were at 313.3 euros, down 0.1 percent, at 0939GMT.

Turnover in the stock was unusually high, with almost 200,000 shares trade in the first 75 minutes after opening bell, 28 percent of its 100-day average daily total.

LVMH and Euronext, which operates the CAC40 stock exchange, were not imeddiately available for comment.

It was probably a fat finger right at the start of trading”, said a Paris-based trader.

No one understood what happened. It was likely a mistake”, said another trader. �w��p��Wd2″�

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