There are two ways for companies to raise money for business investment - they can borrow it and/or they can issue shares - otherwise known as stocks. In corporate-finance-speak, stocks are called equity capital and borrowed money is debt capital. Equity (stocks/shares) differs fundamentally from debt in two ways. It represents an ownership interest in a company - you're buying a share of the company, not lending the company money A bondholder (basically, a lender) is entitled to a regular interest payment and can call for a winding up of the company if interest isn't paid. An equityholder is not entitled to any regular payment - (although most stocks provide for the payment of a cash dividend this is at the discretion of the company's management) So, buy a stock and you're buying part-ownership of a company. And as an owner, you take a share in the company's future profits.
Widely used in the petroleum industry to designate inventories of crude oil or petroleum products at refineries, bulk terminals and in pipelines.
Certificates representing ownership in a corporation; they may yield dividends and can appreciate or decline in value. (See Authorized Stock; Common Stock; Issue Stock; Preferred Stock; Treasury Stock; Unissued Stock)
investments in shares of stock, common or preferred, traded, subsidiaries, and non-subsidiaries. (Securities and Exchange Commission)
Securities representing equity ownership in a corporation.
Also known as equities, they give you an ownership interest in the company issuing the stock. May be either preferred or common.
Ownership interests in a corporation; sometimes referred to as equity securities.
Shares of a company that are traded on a stock exchange.
An investment that represents an ownership interest in the issuing company. Stockholders are entitled to vote for the company's board of directors and share in the profits of the company.
A stock is a certificate of ownership in a corporation. It is the same as a share.
Certificates representing ownership in a corporation and the appropriate claim on the corporation's earnings and assets.
Generally used as another word for equities. Technically, this more accurately refers to fixed interest securities.
Certificates representing ownership in a corporation and a claim on the firm's earnings and assets. They may yield dividends and can appreciate or decline in value.
Also known as inventories, this relates to items that have been manufactured or acquired for resale, work not yet completed and raw materials. Appears as a current asset on the company balance sheet.
Financial capital or funds that a corporation raises through the sale of shares entitling the stockholder to dividends and to other rights of ownership, such as voting rights.
(1) Another word for bonds (Fixed interest securities). (2) Used to mean the same as shares.
A certificate that represents ownership in a company. This certificate entitles the holder to a claim on the company’s assets, sometimes paid out in dividends. Stocks are subject to volatility and can appreciate or depreciate in value
Refers to shares and units in companies and trusts listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Also called equities. Represent partial ownership of a corporation. The principal types of stock are: Blue chip stocks Growth stocks Income stocks Speculative stocks or Emerging stocks Value stocks
In Britain a gilt-edged investment in Government debt. You get a reasonable level of interest on a very low risk investment. In America a stock is more likely to be a share.
Interchangeable with equities, shares and bonds.
The certificates representing ownership in a Corporation.
Stock represents ownership interests in a company. Companies issue stock to raise money, usually for start-up costs or to expand operations. Investors who buy stock own a part of the company.
Also known as shares or equities, stocks (in publicly owned companies) represent ownership or equity. Common stocks usually carry voting rights. Preferred stocks usually do not carry voting rights, but will pay a higher dividend. Blue chip stocks are shares in a company with an established history of profits and dividends.
(1) ownership of a corporation represented by shares that are a claim on the corporation's earnings and assets. Common stock usually entitles the shareholder to vote in the election of directors and other matters taken up at shareholder meetings or by proxy. Preferred stock generally does not confer voting rights but it has a prior claim on assets and earnings - dividends must be paid on preferred stock before any can be paid on common stock. A corporation can authorize additional classes of stock, each with its own set of contractual rights. (2) inventories of accumulated goods in manufacturing and retailing businesses.
A type of investment where investors hold shares of a corporation, which may rise or fall in value.
A share of stock is an equity investment that represents ownership interest in a corporation. Shareholders can earn profit in two ways. They may receive a distribution of corporate profits through receipt of dividends. In addition, they may receive capital gains or appreciation when the stock is sold if the value of the stock increases. Conversely, if the value of a stock decreases, shareholders may recognize losses on their investment.
(1) Ownership of a corporation which is represented by its Shares. (2) Shares traded on the stock exchange. Inventories held by companies in warehouses. Français: Actions; Inventaire Español: Existencias
A form of investment that represents an ownership interest in a company. Investors profit either through dividends or through capital gain, when they sell their stocks at a higher price than they paid for them. Many investors own stocks through mutual funds.
Shares are purchased in exchange for owning a part of a specific company and can be traded on the stock market.
Also called an equity security, a stock is issued by a public company and represents ownership in that company. Shareholders of common stock can vote on the company's major decisions and receive dividends as their share of profits. As a company's stock price rises or falls, so does the shareholder's investment. back to the top
Stocks represent a part equity ownership of a corporation. When someone holds stocks of a certain company, it means that he/she owns shares of that company and therefore becomes a part owner of that company in proportion to his/her holding. These securities generally have the most potential for capital appreciation, but their rights are subordinated in the event of a company liquidation or bankruptcy.
Goods purchased by a company to resell on to its customers. Included as part of current assets in the company’s balance sheet. Also known as inventories in the USA.
A certificate that signifies an ownership position in a company.
Synonymous with "share", stocks are ownership certificates in a publicly traded company.
Traded on a stock exchange, these are shares in a company. Essentially, you purchase shares in exchange for owning a part of that company.