TOKYO - Fifty securities firms, including UBS and Lehman Brothers, will give up more than $170 million in profits gained from a trading error, donating the gains to a fund for strengthening Japan's stock trading system, a securities deal group said.

The firms profited from a botched order by Mizuho Securities Co. on Dec. 8, in which a trader mistakenly tried to sell 610,000 shares in recruiting firm J-Com Co. at less than 1 cent apiece instead of 1 share at $5,190.

The order caused the stock's price to fall, and buyers snapped up about 700,000 shares, far more than J-Com had outstanding.

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