TD Ameritrade, Robinhood platforms crash as Tesla, Apple stock split

Users of a number of popular trading platforms on Monday were complaining of downed systems and an inability to trade, coming as two of the two most prominent stocks were trading on a split-adjusted basis for the first time.

Joe Saluzzi, partner, co-head of Equity Trading at Themis Trading, told MarketWatch that he has been observing a wave of stocks changing hands in Tesla TSLA, +8.12% and Apple shares AAPL, +3.17% and wondered if this could be causing some problems with various online trading systems. “It’s an enormous amount of volume.

You can’t even blink and they’re going through.” A message from a Twitter handled associated with PJ Matlock, CEO of Atlas Trading in New Jersey, said that Vanguard, Charles Schwab SCHW, -0.99%, and Robinhood were experiencing issues on Monday. He suggested that a wider problem was at play across the Street.

TD Ameritrade told MarketWatch that they were seeing some issues and would be releasing a statement shortly. The problems come as Apple Inc. AAPL, +3.17% is completed a 4-for-1 stock split and Tesla Inc. TSLA, +8.12% also has split its stock 5-for-1. A number of other changes were taking place in the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.78%, including the inclusion of Amgen AMGN, -0.69%, CRM, -1.45% and Honeywell International HON, -1.80%. Calls to the other trading platforms weren’t immediately returned. Saluzzi said that the problems appeared to be relegated to the retail platforms, as he didn’t see any problems in professional trading systems.

Of the likelihood it was associated with the changes occurring in the Dow and with Tesla and Apple, the trading pro said: “Nothing is coincidental.”


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