NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of December 15, 2009, short interest in 2,422 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,257,533,001 shares compared with 6,277,790,072 shares in 2,425 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of November 30, 2009. The mid-December short interest represents 3.49 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.17 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 462 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 201,696,432 shares at the end of the settlement date of December 15, 2009 compared with 175,051,016 shares in 460 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 2.18 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.54.
In summary, short interest in all 2,884 NASDAQ(R) securities totaled 6,459,229,433 shares at the December 15, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,885 issues and 6,452,841,088 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.42 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.15 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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