NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of February 15, 2014, short interest in 2,175 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 7,264,979,104 shares compared with 7,121,344,575 shares in 2,166 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of January 31, 2013. The Mid-February short interest represents 3.52 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.68 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 580 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 537,933,555 shares at the end of the settlement date of February 15, 2014 compared with 513,374,101 shares in 581 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 3.47 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 2.25.
In summary, short interest in all 2,755 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,802,912,659 shares at the February 15, 2014 settlement date, compared with 2,747 issues and 7,634,718,676 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.52 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.53 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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