common stock

noun

Definition of common stock

: stock other than preferred stock

Examples of common stock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Creat owns about 90% of Biotest’s common stock, while its preference shares are held by other investors, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Eyk Henning, Bloomberg.com, "Triton Said to Pursue Stake in Creat’s Blood Plasma Unit Biotest," 2 Oct. 2020 Of the 24,979 companies (including real-estate investment trusts) that issued common stock between December 1925 and July 2020, only 11 have ever ranked number one by market value. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Apple Still Wears the Market Crown. It Can Easily Slip.," 4 Sep. 2020 Berkshire sold more than 100 million shares, trimming its stake in Wells Fargo common stock to about 3.3%, according to a regulatory filing Friday. Hannah Levitt, Bloomberg.com, "Berkshire Hathaway Slashes Stake in Troubled Lender Wells Fargo," 4 Sep. 2020 Nikola said the grant of options for shares of common stock won’t dilute shareholders and there will be no compensation by the company to the founder. Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "Nikola Founder Giving 50 Employees $233 Million of His Stock," 26 Aug. 2020 Convertibles are bonds or preferred stocks that can be converted to common stock. Nancy Tengler, USA TODAY, "The markets just reached all-time highs in the midst of a recession. Should you be worried?," 23 Aug. 2020 So shareholders of record on August 21 will get a dividend of four extra shares of common stock for each share held at the time. David Meyer, Fortune, "Ben & Jerry’s rattles the U.K. government," 12 Aug. 2020 In it, the company revealed that Mr. Gilbert’s holding company will continue to control 79% of the voting power of Rocket Companies’ common stock following its IPO.... Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Dan Gilbert Will Keep Voting Control at Quicken Loans Parent After IPO," 8 July 2020 Gilbert’s holding company, Rock Holdings, will control 79% of the combined voting power of Rocket Companies’ common stock following its IPO. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Dan Gilbert guards Detroit headquarters in Quicken Loans IPO," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of common stock

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common stock was in 1784

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10 Oct 2020

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“Common stock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20stock. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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