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Glossary Term: COMMON STOCK

Definition(s) for COMMON STOCK:


1. ) a type of security representing ownership rights in a company. Usually, company founders, management and employees own common stock while investors own preferred stock. In the event of a liquidation of the company, the claims of secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders and preferred stockholders take precedence over common stockholders.

2. ) Securities that represent an ownership interest in a corporation. If the company has also issued preferred stock, both common and preferred have ownership rights. Common stockholders assume the greater risk, but generally exercise the greater control and may gain the greater award in the form of dividends and capital appreciation. The terms common stock and capital stock are often used interchangeably when the company has no preferred stock.

3. ) A kind of ownership in a corporation that entitles the investor to share any profits remaining after all other obligations have been met

4. ) A Security Representing Ownership Rights In A Corporation. A Stockholder Is Entitled To Share In The Company'S Profits, Some Of Which May Be Paid Out As Dividends.



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