preferred stock


preferred stock
preferred stock see stock

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

preferred stock
n.
Stock that received dividends or distributions ahead of common stock.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


preferred stock
A class of stock giving its holders priority in receiving dividends and a share of assets upon liquidation of the corporation, but no voting rights. Compare: common stock
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

preferred stock
USA
A class of stock in a corporation that typically entitles the holders to certain preferences and rights over the common stockholders, such as the right to receive dividends and distributions on the company's dissolution or liquidation.
See also

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


preferred stock
n. Stock that has a higher value than common stock in terms of deriving dividends or income.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


preferred stock
Stock shares that have preferential rights to dividends or to amounts distributable on liquidation, or to both, ahead of common shareholders.

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


preferred stock
Stock shares that have preferential rights to dividends or to amounts distributable on liquidation, or to both, ahead of common shareholders.

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

preferred stock
n.
   a class of shares of stock in a corporation which gives the holders priority in payment of dividends (and distribution of assets in case of dissolution of the corporation) over owners of "common" stock at a fixed rate. While the assurance of first chance at profits is a psychological and real benefit, preferred stock shareholders do not participate in higher dividends if the corporation makes large profits, and usually cannot vote for directors.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • preferred stock — ☆ preferred stock n. stock on which dividends must be paid before those of common stock: it usually also receives preference in the distribution of assets …   English World dictionary

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  • Preferred stock — A security that shows ownership in a corporation and gives the holder a claim, prior to the claim of common stockholders, on earnings and also generally on assets in the event of liquidation. Most preferred stock pays a fixed dividend that is… …   Financial and business terms

  • Preferred Stock — A class of ownership in a corporation that has a higher claim on the assets and earnings than common stock. Preferred stock generally has a dividend that must be paid out before dividends to common stockholders and the shares usually do not have… …   Investment dictionary

  • Preferred stock — Prefer Pre*fer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Preferred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preferring}.] [F. pr[ e]f[ e]rer, L. praeferre; prae before + ferre to bear or carry. See 1st {Bear}.] 1. To carry or bring (something) forward, or before one; hence, to bring for …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • preferred stock — An ownership share in a corporation that has preference over *common stock in the distribution of earnings. Preferred status over common stock also often relates to payments arising on a corporation’s liquidation. Preferred *stockholders take on… …   Auditor's dictionary

  • preferred stock — noun stock whose holders are guaranteed priority in the payment of dividends but whose holders have no voting rights • Syn: ↑preferred shares, ↑preference shares • Hypernyms: ↑stock • Hyponyms: ↑cumulative preferred, ↑cumul …   Useful english dictionary

  • preferred stock — A part of the capital stock of a corporation, the peculiar and distinctive characteristic of which is that it is entitled to a priority over other stock in the distribution of profits. Sometimes called guaranteed stock. Corporate stock given a… …   Ballentine's law dictionary


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