UBS finds unauthorized trading loss of $2 billion

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss bank UBS AG said Thursday it has discovered that unauthorized trading by one of its staff has caused an estimated loss of $2 billion, and warned it could result in a loss for the entire third quarter.

The announcement caused UBS shares to plummet 6.3 percent to 10.24 Swiss francs ($11.68) in early trading on the Zurich exchange.

The Zurich-based bank provided little information on the incident, saying it was still under investigation. But it said no customer money was affected.

“UBS has discovered a loss due to unauthorized trading by a trader in its investment bank,” it said.

“UBS’s current estimate of the loss on the trades is in the range of $2 billion,” the bank said. “It is possible that this could lead UBS to report a loss for the third quarter of 2011.”

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