Sand bags protect the front of the New York Stock Exchange, early Monday morning, Oct. 29, 2012.
Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial
markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.
There had been plans to allow electronic trading to go forward on the New York Stock Exchange but with a
storm surge expected to cover parts of lower Manhattan in water, officials decided late Sunday that it was
too risky to ask any personnel to staff the exchanges. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The floor of the New York Stock Exchange is empty of traders, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York.
All major U.S. stock and options exchanges remained closed Monday with Hurricane Sandy nearing
landfall on the East Coast. Trading has rarely stopped for weather. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)