NEW YORK, Oct. 26, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of October 15, 2009, short interest in 2,432 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,196,860,577 shares compared with 6,171,639,447 shares in 2,449 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of September 30, 2009. The mid-October short interest represents 2.70 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.54 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 454 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 172,054,929 shares at the end of the settlement date of October 15, 2009 compared with 165,957,841 shares in 461 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 1.65 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 1.18.
In summary, short interest in all 2,886 NASDAQ(R) securities totaled 6,368,915,506 shares at the October 15, 2009 settlement date, compared with 2,910 issues and 6,337,597,288 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 2.65 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.46 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://quotes.nasdaq.com/asp/MasterDataEntry.asp?page=ShortInterest or http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/asp/short_interest.asp.
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