NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of September 28, 2012, short interest in 2,190 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 7,032,266,373 shares compared with 7,235,608,369 shares in 2,197 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of September 14, 2012. The end-of-September short interest represents 4.06 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 5.13 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 500 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 369,469,715 shares at the end of the settlement date of September 28, 2012 compared with 371,412,896 shares in 502 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 3.54 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 4.96.
In summary, short interest in all 2,690 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,401,736,088 shares at the September 28, 2012 settlement date, compared with 2,699 issues and 7,607,021,265 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 4.03 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 5.12 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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