Stock short interest shrinks at Nasdaq

At the end of the settlement date of January 31, 2012, short interest in 2,261 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 6,414,407,342 shares compared with 6,699,994,804 shares in 2,267 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of January 13, 2012. The end-of-January short interest represents 3.64 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 5.31 days for the prior reporting period.

Short interest in 481 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 357,914,777 shares at the end of the settlement date of January 31, 2012 compared with 356,498,452 shares in 480 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 5.37 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 7.38.

In summary, short interest in all 2,742 NASDAQ® securities totaled 6,772,322,119 shares at the January 31, 2012 settlement date, compared with 2,747 issues and 7,056,493,256 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 3.70 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 5.39 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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