Nasdaq short interest dips slightly in early November

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the end of the settlement date of November 15, 2011, short interest in 2,270 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,703,515,102 shares compared with 6,718,917,154 shares in 2,277 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of October 31, 2011. The mid-November short interest represents 3.36 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 491 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 377,371,273 shares at the end of the settlement date of November 15, 2011 compared with 352,392,555 shares in 496 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 4.74 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 7.48.

In summary, short interest in all 2,761 NASDAQ® securities totaled 7,080,886,375 shares at the November 15, 2011 settlement date, compared with 2,773 issues and 7,071,309,709 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.41 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 3.75 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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