At the end of the settlement date of August 29, 2014, short interest in 2,239 NASDAQ Global MarketSM securities totaled 7,968,918,511 shares compared with 8,021,392,824 shares in 2,237 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of August 15, 2014. The end-of-August short interest represents 5.56 days average daily NASDAQ Global Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 4.44 days for the prior reporting period.
Short interest in 632 securities on The NASDAQ Capital MarketSM totaled 606,822,213 shares at the end of the settlement date of August 29, 2014 compared with 615,189,253 shares in 627 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents 5.44 days average daily volume, compared with the previous reporting period's figure of 6.73.
In summary, short interest in all 2,871 NASDAQ® securities totaled 8,575,740,724 shares at the August 29, 2014 settlement date, compared with 2,864 issues and 8,636,582,077 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 5.55 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 4.55 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.