NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date October 15, 2012, short interest in 2,177 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 7,062,336,033 shares compared with 7,032,266,373 shares in 2,190 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of September 28, 2012. The mid-October short interest represents 4.42 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 4.06 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 499 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 362,958,810 shares at the end of the settlement date of October 15, 2012 compared with 369,469,715 shares in 500 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 3.89 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 3.54.
In summary, short interest in all 2,676 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,425,294,843 shares at the October 15, 2012 settlement date, compared with 2,690 issues and 7,401,736,088 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 4.39 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 4.03 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://www.nasdaq.com/quotes/short-interest.aspx or http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/asp/short_interest.asp.
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