NEW YORK, June 9, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of May 29, 2009, short interest in 2,481 NASDAQ Global Market(sm) securities totaled 6,492,782,579 shares compared with 6,267,327,098 shares in 2,505 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of May 15, 2009. The end-of-May short interest represents 3.03 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.47 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 465 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(sm) totaled 113,158,593 shares at the end of the settlement date of May 29, 2009 compared with 107,521,005 shares in 466 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 1.25 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 1.01.
In summary, short interest in all 2,946 NASDAQ(r) securities totaled 6,605,941,172 shares at the May 29, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,971 issues and 6,374,848,103 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 2.96 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.41 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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