NEW YORK, March 9, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of February 26, 2010, short interest in 2,418 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,766,241,351 shares compared with 6,778,298,546 shares in 2,421 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of February 12, 2010. The end-of-February short interest represents 3.32 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.70 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 494 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 241,089,052 shares at the end of the settlement date of February 26, 2010 compared with 241,358,546 shares in 493 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 2.73 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.62.
In summary, short interest in all 2,912 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,007,330,403 shares at the February 26, 2010 settlement date compared with 2,914 issues and 7,019,657,092 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.30 days average daily volume compared with an average of 2.70 days for the previous reporting period.
The open short interest positions reported for each NASDAQ security reflect the total number of shares sold short by all broker/dealers regardless of their exchange affiliations. A short sale is generally understood to mean the sale of a security that the seller does not own or any sale that is consummated by the delivery of a security borrowed by or for the account of the seller.
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