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Nasdaq Announces Mid-Month Open Short Interest Positions in Nasdaq Stocks

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The FINANCIAL — At the end of the settlement date of December 15, 2020, short interest in 2,569 Nasdaq Global MarketSM securities totaled 8,245,773,085 shares compared with 8,129,866,207 shares in 2,550 Global Market issues reported for the prior settlement date of November 30, 2020. The mid-December short interest represents 2.21 days compared with 2.58 days for the prior reporting period.

According to Nasdaq short interest in 1,284 securities on The Nasdaq Capital MarketSM totaled 1,343,834,522 shares at the end of the settlement date of December 15, 2020 compared with 1,350,913,480 shares in 1,229 securities for the previous reporting period. This represents a 1.0 day average daily volume; the previous reporting period’s figure was also 1.0.

In summary, short interest in all 3,853 Nasdaq® securities totaled 9,589,607,607 shares at the December 15, 2020 settlement date, compared with 3,779 issues and 9,480,779,687 shares at the end of the previous reporting period. This is 1.79 days average daily volume, compared with an average of 2.07 days for the prior 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.

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