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End of an era: The NYSE floor isn't even good for PR photos anymore
End of an era: The NYSE floor isn't even good for PR photos anymore

The vast bulk of trading of New York Stock Exchange-listed shares moved away from the NYSE floor years ago, but the death knell for human-interactive trading may have been sounded recently when MarketWatch, a Dow Jones-owned news website, said it would no longer use photos from the floor to illustrate its market stories. "The Big Board is now little more than a Big Tent for a phony media circus of photo-ops and cable-news talking heads," wrote MarketWatch editor Jeremy Olshan in the accompanying story. "P.T. Barnum couldn’t draw the crowds Jack Ma did last month when he clanged the bell to kick off Alibaba’s IPO. The only things exchanged on the floor, however,...

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