NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of December 13, 2013, short interest in 2,169 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 7,340,995,867 shares compared with 7,254,911,005 shares in 2,160 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of November 29, 2013. The Mid-December short interest represents 4.78 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 4.40 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 565 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 496,210,640 shares at the end of the settlement date of December 13, 2013 compared with 505,417,797 shares in 558 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 3.38 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 3.61.
In summary, short interest in all 2,734 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,837,206,507 shares at the December 13, 2013 settlement date, compared with 2,718 issues and 7,760,328,802 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 4.66 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 4.34 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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Source:The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.