NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of August 31, 2009, short interest in 2,446 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,443,672,706 shares compared with 6,651,805,020 shares in 2,450 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of August 14, 2009. The end-of-August short interest represents 3.32 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.96 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 454 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 161,521,314 shares at the end of the settlement date of August 31, 2009 compared with 152,733,883 shares in 456 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 1.94 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 1.80.
In summary, short interest in all 2,900 NASDAQ(R) securities totaled 6,605,194,020 shares at the August 31, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,906 issues and 6,804,538,903 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.26 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.92 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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