capital stock
capital stock see stock

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

capital stock
The original amount paid by investors into a corporation for its issued stock. Capital stock bears no direct relationship to the present value of stock, which can fluctuate after the initial issue or first stock offering. Capital stock also does not reflect the value of corporate assets, which can go up or down based on profits, losses, or purchases of equipment.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

capital stock
USA
The number of shares authorized for issuance by a company's certificate or articles of incorporation, including both common stock and preferred stock.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


capital stock
All shares constituting ownership of a business, including common stock and preferred stock. The amount of shares that a corporate charter requires to be subscribed and paid, or secured to be paid, by shareholders. The amount of stock that a corporation may issue; the amount actually contributed, subscribed, or secured to be paid on. The liability of the corporation to its shareholders after creditors' claims have been settled. The valuation of the corporation as a business enterprise.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


capital stock
All shares constituting ownership of a business, including common stock and preferred stock. The amount of shares that a corporate charter requires to be subscribed and paid, or secured to be paid, by shareholders. The amount of stock that a corporation may issue; the amount actually contributed, subscribed, or secured to be paid on. The liability of the corporation to its shareholders after creditors' claims have been settled. The valuation of the corporation as a business enterprise.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

capital stock
n.
   the original amount paid by investors into a corporation for its issued stock. Capital stock bears no direct relationship to the present value of stock, which can fluctuate after the initial issue or first stock offering. Capital stock also does not reflect the value of corporate assets, which can go up or down based on profits, losses, or purchases of equipment. Capital stock remains as a ledger entry at the original price.
   See also: corporation, stock

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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