stock·​hold·​er | \ˈstäk-ˌhōl-dər \

Definition of stockholder 

: an owner of corporate stock

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Today, most public companies don’t keep a list of stockholders; those records are maintained by brokers who deal directly with investors. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Stock-Exchange Plan Snagged by Opposition at SEC," 27 Nov. 2018 The filing is, in essence, Faraday Future’s way of pushing back against Evergrande’s claims to stockholders (and the public) that the real estate giant won a recent arbitration case between the two sides in Hong Kong. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future says its main investor is ‘deliberately starving’ it into bankruptcy," 9 Nov. 2018 Photo: Reuters The stockholder agreement that’s been recently preventing Mr. Wynn from selling shares was originally designed to help him maintain control of the company. Chris Kirkham, WSJ, "Wynn Resorts to Pay $2.6 Billion in Settlement That Removes a Barrier to Steve Wynn Stake Sale," 8 Mar. 2018 The plan to shore up Wheeling-Pitt by selling it Sparrows Point steel at below-market prices violated E2's stockholder agreement, the lawsuit said. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin 'unbelievably confident' in state-funded Braidy Industries CEO with mixed record," 18 Mar. 2018 As previously announced, the CBS Board will hold a meeting at 5PM today to consider declaring a dividend of shares of Class A common stock to all of the Company's Class A and Class B stockholders, as is permitted under CBS' charter. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Judge rules in favor of CBS ahead of afternoon board meeting," 17 May 2018 More: Tax cut savings flow to company stockholders, trickle to hourly workers The GOP tax cut reduced the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and also lower rates on individuals. Andrew Taylor, USA TODAY, "Sen. Rubio: Corporations aren’t investing tax cuts in jobs, workers," 1 May 2018 Good morning, Aaron in for Adam on this Thursday morning of suffering PayPal stockholders. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—eBay Chooses a New Dance Partner While Dunking PayPal," 1 Feb. 2018 The company says each Wyndham Worldwide stockholder will receive one share of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts common stock for each share of Wyndham Worldwide common stock held. Paul Brinkmann,, "Gov. Scott expected to announce 200 new corporate jobs at Wyndham in Orlando," 31 May 2018

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stockholder

: someone who owns stock in a company


stock·​hold·​er | \ˈstäk-ˌhōl-dər \

Kids Definition of stockholder

: an owner of stock



Legal Definition of stockholder 

: an owner of corporate stock — compare bondholder

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stockholding noun or adjective

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