NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of January 15, 2010, short interest in 2,411 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,350,313,020 shares compared with 6,197,177,687 shares in 2,423 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of December 31, 2009. The mid-January short interest represents 4.05 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.32 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 468 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 199,853,546 shares at the end of the settlement date of January 15, 2010 compared with 207,500,638 shares in 465 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 1.74 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period’s figure of 1.54.
In summary, short interest in all 2,879 NASDAQ® securities totaled 6,550,166,566 shares at the January 15, 2010 settlement date, compared with 2,888 issues and 6,404,678,325 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.89 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.20 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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