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Google price corrected after trading snafu

Closing price adjusted after shares of the tech giant plummet due to erroneous trade. Change to final Nasdaq value to follow.

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By Ben Rooney, CNNMoney.com staff writer


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- An accidental trade drove shares of Google Inc. to unbelievable lows Tuesday, causing the Nasdaq to correct the stock's closing price and adjust the index's final value.

The Internet search engine's stock appeared to have plummeted to a low of $25.80 at one point during the session. Shares opened at $396 and traded in a relatively tight range before dropping sharply near the close of trade.

"A market participant sent in a large number of orders and drove the price down at approximately [3:57 p.m. ET] which caused the bid-offer to be artificially low due to their mistake," according to a Nasdaq spokesman.

Google's (GOOG, Fortune 500) official closing price will be adjusted to $400.52 from the original, inaccurate settle price of $341.43. And the closing value of the Nasdaq 100 Index will be changed to 1594.63.

Nasdaq said that it will cancel trades made at or above $425.29 and at or below $400.52 that were executed on the Nasdaq between 3:57 pm ET and 4:02 pm ET.

The closing value of the Nasdaq Composite Index and several other related products will also be adjusted.

A spokesman for Google declined to comment and directed questions to the Nasdaq. To top of page

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