In general, a public corporation has two types of shares, common and preferred. The common shares usually entitle the shareholders to vote at shareholders meetings. The common shares have a discretionary dividend.
The residual ownership in the corporation. Common shareholders select the directors to manage the corporation, are entitled to dividends out of the earnings of the corporation declared by the directors, and are entitled to a per share distribution of whatever assets remain upon dissolution of the corporation after satisfying creditors and holders of senior securities.
stock other than preferred stock; entitles the owner to a share of the corporation's profits and a share of the voting power in shareholder elections; "over 40 million Americans invest in common stocks"
Securities representing ownership in a company, usually carrying voting privileges. May also be entitled to dividends, at the company's discretion. Common shareholders are last in line after preferred shareholders, debt holders and other creditors to any claim on a company's assets in the event of bankruptcy.
These are securities that represent equity ownership in a company. Common shares let an investor vote on such matters as the election of directors. They also give the holder a share in a company's profit via dividend payments or the capital appreciation of the security.
Also known as common stock, these are the basic units of ownership in a corporation. Their voting rights elect the board of directors, which sets policy and hires and fires management. When a corporation is sold or liquidated, whatever is left after paying off creditors and any senior securities belongs to the owners of common shares.
Represents the total number of common shares outstanding, excluding treasury stock (stock issued but re-acquired by the company through buy-backs). This number is expressed in thousands, so add three zeros.