Definition of common stock in English:

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common stock

Pronunciation: /ˈkämən ˌstäk/

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: the company announced a public offering of 3.5 million shares of common stock Compare with preferred stock.
More example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: com·mon stock

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