NEW YORK, Oct 26, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- At the end of the settlement date of October 15, 2010, short interest in 2,390 NASDAQ Global Market(SM)securities totaled 6,862,695,852 shares compared with 7,239,553,017 shares in 2,394 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of September 30, 2010. The mid-October short interest represents 3.42 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.66 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 488 securities on The NASDAQ Capital Market(SM)totaled 323,963,590 shares at the end of the settlement date of October 15, 2010 compared with 338,719,408 shares in 487 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 4.61 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 5.14.
In summary, short interest in all 2,878 NASDAQ(R) securities totaled 7,186,659,442 shares at the October 15, 2010 settlement date, compared with 2,881 issues and 7,578,272,425 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.46 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.71 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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