NEW YORK, April 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of March 30, 2012, short interest in 2,249 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,485,392,326 shares compared with 6,578,692,977 shares in 2,252 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of March 15, 2012. The end-of-March short interest represents 4.21 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.85 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 493 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 387,215,830 shares at the end of the settlement date of March 30, 2012 compared with 383,665,959 shares in 485 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 5.04 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 4.52.
In summary, short interest in all 2,742 NASDAQ® securities totaled 6,872,608,156 shares at the March 30, 2012 settlement date, compared with 2,737 issues and 6,962,358,936 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 4.25 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.88 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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