stock n
1 a: the equipment, materials, or supplies of a business
b: a store or supply accumulated; esp: the inventory of the goods of a merchant or manufacturer
2: the ownership element in a corporation usu. divided into shares and represented by transferable certificates; also: the certificate evidencing ownership of one or more shares of stock
capital stock
1: the stock that a corporation may issue under its charter including both common and preferred stock
2: the outstanding shares of a joint stock company considered as an aggregate
common stock: a class of stock whose holders share in company profits (as through dividends) on a pro rata basis, may vote for directors and on important matters such as mergers, and may have limited access to information not publicly available
cumulative preferred stock: preferred stock whose holders are entitled to the payment of cumulative dividends as well as current dividends before common stockholders are paid
growth stock: stock issued by a growth company
margin stock: stock that may be purchased in a margin account
no–par value stock: stock issued with no par value which may be carried for corporate accounting purposes as part of the capital stock or as part of the capital surplus to the extent allowed by law – called also no-par stock;
pen·ny stock: the stock of a small company not listed on a major exchange and traditionally selling at less than a dollar a share
preferred stock: a class of corporate stock whose holders are guaranteed payment of dividends and a share of asset distribution before the holders of common stock but are usu. denied voting rights
Treasury stock: stock that is reacquired and held by the issuing company (as to increase the market value of traded shares)
voting stock: stock (as common stock) entitling the holder to vote in matters of corporate governance
wa·tered stock: stock issued with a par value greater than the value of the underlying assets

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

I (shares) noun assets, capital, fund, holdings, invested property, investment, negotiables, property, security associated concepts: bank stock, bonus stock, capital stock, common stock, debenture stock, ordinary stock, original stock, outstanding stock, preferred stock, prepaid stock, sale of stock, shares of stock, special stock, stock certificate, subscription to stock, treasury stock, value of stock, watered stock II (store) noun accumulation, cop'ia, effects, hoard, inventory, provision, reserve, reservoir, supply, vis III index average (standard), blood, bloodline, boiler plate, cargo, commodities, cumulation, derivation, descent (lineage), familiar (customary), family (common ancestry), fund (noun), fund (verb), furnish, garner, goods, hoard, household (familiar), kindred, merchandise, nationality, nondescript, ordinary, origin (ancestry), parentage, possessions, posterity, prevailing (current), prevalent, progeny, prosaic, provide (supply), provision (something provided), race, regular (conventional), repeated, replenish, reserve, resource, routine, stock in trade, store (depository), store, supply, trite, typical, usual

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) The capital of a business raised by selling shares in the business to people inside or outside the company; an ownership interest in a company or business;
see also security
(2) Merchandise and goods for sale held by a business.
(3) A person’s ancestry.
To keep merchandise available for sale.

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

1. borrowing (usually other than short-term) by government or local authorities. In the case of corporate borrowing, the term loan stock is commonly used.
2. shares in a company that have been converted into a single holding with a nominal value equal to that of the total of the shares; accordingly, after conversion a shareholder formerly holding a thousand shares of £1 each will have a holding of £1,000 stock.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) A proportional ownership interest of a corporation's capital, represented by shares (equal units of ownership).
2) Inventory (goods) of a business meant for sale.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.

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


Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A security issued by a corporation that represents an ownership right in the assets of the corporation and a right to a proportionate share of profits after payment of corporate liabilities and obligations.

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

A security issued by a corporation that represents an ownership right in the assets of the corporation and a right to a proportionate share of profits after payment of corporate liabilities and obligations.

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

   1) n. inventory (goods) of a business meant for sale (as distinguished from equipment and facilities).
   2) share in the ownership of a corporation (called "shares of stock" or simply "shares").
   3) cattle.
   4) v. to keep goods ready for sale in a business.
   See also: share, shareholder

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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