common stock

noun

: stock other than preferred stock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The value of common stock is tied to the business’ performance. Kaitlyn Koterbski, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2022 The company announced an accelerated share repurchase of about $500 million in common stock. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 18 Aug. 2022 Both are senior to common stock in the unlikely event of bankruptcy, and the stock dividend would vanish well before those payments dry up. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 As of 5pm Wednesday, AMC common stock trades at $9.58 while APE shares lag slightly behind at $7.13. Lucy Brewster, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2022 Further, the firm has increased its shareholder payout in 2021, both common stock dividend and share repurchase plan. Trefis Team, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 The biggest news to emerge from it was that shareholders had approved a 3-for-1 split of the company’s common stock. Lila Maclellan, Fortune, 12 Aug. 2022 But the issuance is a possible backdoor maneuver to sell dilutive common stock to them. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 True, last year, investors denied the company the chance to issue more common stock. Q.ai - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common stock was in 1852

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“Common stock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20stock. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Legal Definition

common stock

see stock

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