NYSE to hold ‘dry run’ for Twitter IPO

Richard Drew/Associated Press

NEW YORK — The New York Stock Exchange isn’t taking any chances with Twitter’s initial public offering.

The Big Board said Friday it would allow trading firms to conduct a dry run of their systems to prepare for Twitter’s IPO. The exchange seems to want to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook’s debut on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in May 2012. The glitches were a major embarrassment for Nasdaq, and resulted in a big fine.

The NYSE test will occur next Saturday, according to a notice sent out to traders.


Twitter said earlier this week that it had chosen to list with the NYSE over rival Nasdaq. The microblogging service is expected to go public sometime in November, possibly before Thanksgiving. It will trade under the ticker ‘‘TWTR’’ on the NYSE. Twitter’s IPO is the biggest technology debut since Facebook’s.