NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of November 30, 2009, short interest in 2,425 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,277,790,072 shares compared with 6,317,281,042 shares in 2,429 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of November 13, 2009. The end-of-November short interest represents 3.17 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.76 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 460 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 175,051,016 shares at the end of the settlement date of November 30, 2009 compared with 177,979,364 shares in 462 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 2.54 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.49.
In summary, short interest in all 2,885 NASDAQ(R) securities totaled 6,452,841,088 shares at the November 30, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,891 issues and 6,495,260,406 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.15 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.75 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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