NEW YORK, May 25, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of May 14, 2010, short interest in 2,425 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,864,128,280 shares compared with 6,788,373,854 shares in 2,426 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of April 30, 2010. The mid-May short interest represents 2.33 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.88 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 488 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 311,706,882 shares at the end of the settlement date of May 14, 2010 compared with 293,442,657 shares in 487 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 2.39 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.20.
In summary, short interest in all 2,913 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,175,835,162 shares at the May 14, 2010 settlement date, compared with 2,913 issues and 7,081,816,511 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 2.34 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.84 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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