What is stock?

Stock

The capital stock (or stock) of an incorporated business constitutes the equity stake of its owners. It represents the residual assets of the company that would be due to stockholders after discharge of all senior claims such as secured and unsecured debt. Stockholders' equity cannot be withdrawn from the company in a way that is intended to be detrimental to the company's creditors.

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Famous quotes containing the word stock:

    Death and life were not
    Till man made up the whole,
    Made lock, stock and barrel
    Out of his bitter soul,
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    And anyone is free to condemn me to death
    If he leaves it to nature to carry out the sentence.
    I shall will to the common stock of air my breath
    And pay a death tax of fairly polite repentance.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930)