NEW YORK, May 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of April 30, 2012, short interest in 2,241 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,721,187,618 shares compared with 6,582,751,452 shares in 2,246 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of April 13, 2012. The end-of-April short interest represents 4.17 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.97 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 490 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 405,850,668 shares at the end of the settlement date of April 30, 2012 compared with 399,047,427 shares in 490 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 6.69 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 5.24.
In summary, short interest in all 2,731 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,127,038,286 shares at the April 30, 2012 settlement date, compared with 2,736 issues and 6,981,798,879 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 4.26 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 4.02 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://www.nasdaq.com/quotes/short-interest.aspx or http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/asp/short_interest.asp.
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