By Jesse Westbrook

May 11 (Bloomberg) — NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. support temporary halts for individual stocks when they fall 10 percent or more over preset time periods.

Single-stock circuit breakers may help prevent selloffs such as last week’s 998.5-point plunge in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NYSE Chief Operating Officer Larry Leibowitz and Eric Noll, vice president for transaction services at Nasdaq, said in congressional testimony today.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2010 18:55 EDT