NEW YORK, Aug. 11, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of July 31, 2009, short interest in 2,450 NASDAQ Global Market (sm) securities totaled 6,633,118,964 shares compared with 6,978,473,519 shares in 2,445 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of July 15, 2009. The end-of-July short interest represents 3.12 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.97 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 453 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(sm) totaled 142,827,861 shares at the end of the settlement date of July 31, 2009 compared with 159,166,074 shares in 438 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 2.01 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 1.42.
In summary, short interest in all 2,903 NASDAQ(r) securities totaled 6,775,946,825 shares at the July 31, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,883 issues and 7,137,639,593 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.09 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.90 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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