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A share of a company's stock translates into ownership of part of the company. Thus, when you own any shares of a company's stock, you own part of the company.


Additional Comments:

How much you own depends on how many shares of stock you have.

Holders of common stock are the last to be paid any profits from the company but are likely to profit most from any growth it has.

Owners of preferred stock are paid a fixed dividend before owners of common stock, but the amount of the dividend doesn't usually grow if the company grows.

Related Terms:

Convertible Securities
Convertible securities can be exchanged or converted into common shares. Examples are convertible preferred stock, convertible ...

Dividend
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Financial Leverage
Financial leverage relates a company's long-term debt and preferred stock to the company's common equity. ...





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