NEW YORK, March 24, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of March 15, 2010, short interest in 2,415 NASDAQ Global Market(SM) securities totaled 6,647,556,973 shares compared with 6,766,241,351 shares in 2,418 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of February 26, 2010. The mid-March short interest represents 2.99 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 492 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM) totaled 243,945,029 shares at the end of the settlement date of March 15, 2010 compared with 241,089,052 shares in 494 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 2.65 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.73.
In summary, short interest in all 2,907 NASDAQ® securities totaled 6,891,502,002 shares at the March 15, 2010 settlement date, compared with 2,912 issues and 7,007,330,403 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 2.97 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.30 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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