Nasdaq short interest dips slightly by mid-July

NEW YORK, July 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of July 15, 2011, short interest in 2,297 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,731,359,242 shares compared with 6,794,258,468 shares in 2,303 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of June 30, 2011. The mid-July short interest represents 3.62 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 3.69 days for the prior reporting period.

Short interest in 493 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 357,956,669 shares at the end of the settlement date of July 15, 2011 compared with 374,715,830 shares in 494 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 3.19 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 4.94.

In summary, short interest in all 2,790 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,089,315,911 shares at the July 15, 2011 settlement date, compared with 2,797 issues and 7,168,974,298 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.60 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.74 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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