The stock ended the session down 8% closing at $695. Google’s market capitalization fell by $19.8 billion. The stocked edged up fractionally in after-hours trading.
The initial filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission included the line, “Pending Larry quote,” apparently referring to Chief Executive Larry Page.
In a call with analysts, Page apologized for the “scramble” which the company said happened after R.R. Donnelley RRD -0.88% , the company’s financial printer, “filed our draft 8K earnings statement without authorization.”