Short interest in Nasdaq stocks drops

NEW YORK, July 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of June 30, 2011, short interest in 2,303 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,794,258,468 shares compared with 6,936,906,878 shares in 2,310 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of June 15, 2011. The end-of-June short interest represents 3.69 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.63 days for the prior reporting period.

Short interest in 494 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 374,715,830 shares at the end of the settlement date of June 30, 2011 compared with 375,905,394 shares in 491 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 4.94 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 4.61.

In summary, short interest in all 2,797 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,168,974,298 shares at the June 30, 2011 settlement date, compared with 2,801 issues and 7,312,812,272 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.74 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.67 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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