capital stock


: the outstanding shares of a joint-stock company considered as an aggregate

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Matching the bold aspirations is an equally bold recommendation to employ a greater amount of leverage, effectively stretching the balance sheet by borrowing more against the Bank’s underlying capital stock. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2022 Pro: Potential capital stock growth. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2022 Ukraine's economic activity contracted by 30% in 2022, a large share of the capital stock has been destroyed, and poverty levels have climbed, the IMF said in a statement. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 As a result, the nation’s net capital stock increased by 21% in the two decades through 2019, compared with 41% for France and 54% for the U.S., according to Bruegel, a Brussels think tank. Tom Fairless, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Raising corporate taxes, according to this view, reduces business investment, which results in a smaller capital stock and lower productivity. Jason Furman, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Thus, all else equal, a higher effective marginal rate for businesses will tend to reduce the level of investment, and a lower effective marginal rate will tend to encourage additional projects and a larger capital stock. James Freeman, WSJ, 3 Aug. 2022 While companies report individual profits based on historical costs, the government adjusts the figures to reflect the current cost of replacing capital stock such as equipment and structures. Reade Pickert, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2022 According to another recent CBO report, the failure to reduce cost pressures in these programs will lead to lower capital stock, labor supply, GDP, and wages. Brian Blase, Forbes, 26 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of capital stock was in 1709

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Cite this Entry

“Capital stock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Legal Definition

capital stock

see stock

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