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Nasdaq''s open short-interest positionsnews
31 December 2001
Washington, DC: As of mid-December, short interest in 3,376 Nasdaq National Market securities totaled 4,174,844,487 shares compared with 4,125,009,669 shares in 3,400 National Market issues for the month of November, according to a Nasdaq press communiqu.

The December short interest represents 2.27 days average daily Nasdaq National Market share volume for the reporting period, compared with 2.20 days in November. Short interest in 668 securities on The Nasdaq SmallCap Market totalled 31,302,248 shares for December, compared with 50,716,284 in 683 securities for the month of November. This represents 1.57 days average daily volume, compared with last month's figure of 2.38 days.

In summary, short interest in all 4,044 Nasdaq securities totalled 4,206,146,735 shares for December, compared with 4,083 issues and 4,175,725,953 shares in November. This is 2.26 days average daily volume, compared with last months average of 2.20 days.

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.

The monthly Nasdaq short-interest figures are current as of the 15th of the month and are released to the media after the market close on the seventh business day following that date. The figures this month include all short-interest positions reported 16 November through 11 December and settled as of 4 December 2001.

The total Nasdaq short positions for the preceding 13 months and current month follow:

Settlement Date

Total Short Interest

Number of Securities

November 15, 2000

3,379,629,386

4,694

December 15, 2000

3,497,263,482

4,585

January 12, 2001    

3,452,282,664

4,588

February 15, 2001 

3,444,789,352

4,552

March 15, 2001 

3,608,599,871 

4,443

April 13, 2001

3,764,094,547 

4,445

May 15, 2001

3,713,132,045

4,467

June 15, 2001  

3,821,032,805

4,392

July 13, 2001 

4,013,408,493

4,293

August 15, 2001

4,062,490,704

4,220

September 14, 2001   

4,166,310,456

4,135

October 15, 2001 

4,062,363,080

4,092

November 15, 2001  

4,175,725,953

4,083

December 14, 2001

4,206,146,735 

4,044

For more information on Nasdaq Short-Interest positions, visit www.marketdata.nasdaq.com.


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