Short interest in Nasdaq stocks dips in February

NEW YORK, March 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of February 28, 2011, short interest in 2,352 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,155,776,412 shares compared with 6,215,782,911 shares in 2,359 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of February 15, 2011. The end-of-February short interest represents 3.02 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.99 days for the prior reporting period.

Short interest in 498 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 350,612,448 shares at the end of the settlement date of February 28, 2011 compared with 352,062,149 shares in 494 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 4.04 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 3.91.

In summary, short interest in all 2,850 NASDAQ® securities totaled 6,506,388,860 shares at the February 28, 2011 settlement date, compared with 2,853 issues and 6,567,845,060 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.06 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.03 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://quotes.nasdaq.com/asp/MasterDataEntry.asp?page=ShortInterest or http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/asp/short_interest.asp.

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