A person who owns stock in a company. When you buy stock, you buy part ownership in a company. That means you can claim part of the company's earnings. Even as a part-owner, you do not have the right to walk into the company and tell people what to do. But you do have the right to vote for a board of directors that can tell people in the company what to do.
A stock holder is a person or organization that owns the stock and has the rights of ownership. Most often the stockholder is the person or organization that actually has possession of the stock certificates...hence the term stockholder. In large corporations, the rights of stockholders to CONTROL OF THE CORPORATON is very limited. The stockholder usually has only the right to vote the shares of stock. Generally there is one vote per share of stock. Most corporate charters and/or bylaws describe those things that must be voted on by all the stockholders. This is usually the election of major corporate officers and the board of directors and any major change in the way the corportion does business. They have no authority in the day-to-day operation of the corporation. Stockholders are paid as investors by cash or stock dividends based on the number of shares owned. The amount and type of dividends is usually determined by the board of directors. Most stockholders gain by holding the stock until the value per share increases and then they sell the stock. The buying and selling of stock is very tricky business.
Someone who owns stock in a corporation or mutual fund. Stockholders earn dividends and typically have the right to vote for members of the board of directors and on other company matters; also known as shareholder . You can be a customer of a bank without having a stockholder's ownership rights; in contrast, credit union membership automatically makes you an owner.