LVMH briefly sinks almost 9 percent; traders suspect ‘fat finger’

FILE PHOTO: A woman with a Louis Vuitton-branded shopping bag looks towards the entrance of a branch store by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton in Vienna, Austria October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – 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 ($351.3) 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 0939 GMT.

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

LVMH and Euronext, which operates the CAC 40 stock exchange, were not immediately 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.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Blandine Henault in PARIS, Danilo Masoni in MILAN and Josephine Mason in LONDON, editing by Louise Heavens

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