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Treasury Stock

When a company buys its own stock back, that stock is recorded at cost and reported as treasury stock.

Treasury stock is reported as a deduction from shareholders' equity. Any gains or losses on the sale of such shares are reported as adjustments to shareholders' equity, but are not included in income. Treasury stock is not an asset.

Additional Comments:

It is called treasury stock because after being reacquired by the company, it is returned to the company's treasury. The company can then resell or cancel that stock.

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