Definition of common stock in English:

common stock

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plural noun

(also common stocks)
North American
  • Shares entitling their holder to dividends that vary in amount and may even be missed, depending on the fortunes of the company.

    British term ordinary share
    Compare with preferred stock

    ‘the company announced a public offering of 3.5 million shares of common stock’
    • ‘In the first half of fiscal 2001, they spent $61 million to buy shares of common stock via the company's employee stock-purchase plan.’
    • ‘A share of common stock is ownership in a company.’
    • ‘Employee options are ordinarily given on common stock.’
    • ‘This means that convertible bonds limit risk should the stock price plummet, while limiting exposure to upside price movements of the underlying common stock.’
    • ‘For this reason, common stock generally ranks among the most speculative of investments as their return depends on what will happen in an unpredictable future.’
    • ‘The $230 million price represents $23 per share in cash for 10 million shares of common stock.’
    • ‘It is issuing 82 million shares of common stock.’
    • ‘In North America, however, shareholders rights tend to be more developed than other nations and are standard for the purchase of any common stock.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the annual coupons of corporate bonds are more predictable and often higher than the dividends received on common stock.’
    • ‘Many investors would not pass up the opportunity to buy common stock in these companies, so why do so many avoid these companies' bonds?’
    • ‘Thus, as an owner of common stock, you do get somewhat of a say in controlling the shape and direction of the company even though this say isn't a direct control.’
    • ‘Once the dual structure ends, the family and management will have just 18% of common stock.’
    • ‘Management also intends to issue up to 75 million shares of common stock, mostly to employees as part of an incentive program.’
    • ‘Also during the quarter, the company repurchased a total of 35 million shares of common stock at a cost of $1.0 billion under an ongoing program.’
    • ‘The aggregate purchase price for the shares of common stock is $4.1 million, or approximately $0.93 per share.’
    • ‘For example, when purchasing a share of common stock outright, the buyer gets both the upside and the downside potential of the stock.’
    • ‘The steelmaker said it plans to offers 3.65 million shares of common stock at $29 per share.’
    • ‘Capital to operate the mine was raised by selling shares of common stock.’
    • ‘The company's common stock began trading on the NASDAQ exchange in February 2003.’
    • ‘The Company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TGX.’


common stock

/ˈkämən ˌstäk/ /ˈkɑmən ˌstɑk/