NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of December 31, 2009, short interest in 2,423 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,197,177,687 shares compared with 6,257,533,001 shares in 2,422 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of December 15, 2009. The end-of-December short interest represents 3.32 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.49 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 465 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 207,500,638 shares at the end of the settlement date of December 31, 2009 compared with 201,696,432 shares in 462 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 1.54 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.18.
In summary, short interest in all 2,888 NASDAQ(R) securities totaled 6,404,678,325 shares at the December 31, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,884 issues and 6,459,229,433 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.20 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.42 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.
For more information on NASDAQ Short interest positions, including publication dates, visit http://quotes.nasdaq.com/asp/MasterDataEntry.asp?page=ShortInterest or http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/asp/short_interest.asp.
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