Stock markets to close on Monday, possibly Tuesday

Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:15pm EDT

The Wall Street sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange, March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Chip East

The Wall Street sign is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange, March 26, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Chip East

(Reuters) - U.S. stock trading will be closed on Monday and possibly Tuesday in response to Hurricane Sandy, NYSE Euronext said late on Sunday.

NYSE Euronext, which runs the New York Stock Exchange, had previously said that electronic trading would remain open and that only the exchange's trading floor would close.

In a statement, the company said that "the dangerous conditions developing as a result of Hurricane Sandy will make it extremely difficult to ensure the safety of our people and communities, and safety must be our first priority."

(Reporting By John McCrank, Writing by Dan Wilchins; Editing by Ken Wills)