Definition of stock split in English:

stock split


North American
  • An issue of new shares in a company to existing shareholders in proportion to their current holdings.

    • ‘Adjusted for stock splits, shares have more than tripled, to about $28 a share, since the company first went public in 1996.’
    • ‘Its stock leaped to a peak of about $60 a share, before a stock split in mid-2001, powered by a tide of plugs on business-TV programs.’
    • ‘More often than not, the board of directors will approve (and the shareholders will authorize) a stock split in order to increase the liquidity of the share on the market.’
    • ‘Remember, if you invested $1,000 in Microsoft stock in January 1985, with stock splits and dividends, your money would have grown to more than $334,000 by August 2005.’
    • ‘Significant price changes due to dividends and stock splits must be made when they occur.’
    • ‘Since 1996, when there were 643 stock splits, totals have trended downward, reports Thomson Financial Securities Data.’
    • ‘In August of 2003, the Company announced a 7.1% cash dividend increase and a five-for-four stock split payable December 1, 2003.’
    • ‘At the time, the company's share price was well above the $100 mark - the point beyond which US public companies traditionally consider stock splits.’
    • ‘The company said it will pay a dividend of US $0.08 a share after a stock split.’
    • ‘To stay one step ahead of the market, astute traders can often use their knowledge of historical trading patterns that occur during the advent of stock splits, acquisitions, takeovers and reorganizations.’
    • ‘The investment world considers insider trades an indication of fundamental company or market changes, such as potential mergers, stock splits, or industry weakness.’
    • ‘Many investors make this mistake because they are looking at the ‘adjusted stock price’, which takes into account all stock splits.’
    • ‘You'd be sitting on a loss of more than 50%, even taking stock splits into account.’
    • ‘The reverse stock split is perhaps the true mirror image of a general stock split - not only in deed and process, but in emotional impact levied by the investment market.’
    • ‘A stock split is typically an increase in a company's number of common shares outstanding by some proportion and a reduction in the per-share price by the reciprocal of that proportion.’
    • ‘Until the last two to three years, Microsoft was able to keep its stock price continually climbing and stock splits coming by steadily increasing earnings per share.’
    • ‘The Fair Grounds board of directors has adopted a resolution to change the company's articles of incorporation to provide for a reverse stock split that effectively would reduce the number of shareholders to fewer than 300.’
    • ‘That works out to an average price of US $19.29 a share, the lowest price at which Hewlett has sold company shares in the last 10 years, adjusting for stock splits, according to SEC data compiled by the Washington Service.’
    • ‘The stock split will be the airline's second since it went public last year.’
    • ‘According to the register, a stock split was effected on May 24, 1996 and further shares were issued to Krystal Group Trust so that it then held a total of 5,413,097 common shares of BGI.’