shares outstanding

Definition

The shares of a corporation's stock that have been issued and are in the hands of the public. also called outstanding stock.

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We had a lot of shares outstanding that were issued to the public and I thought that would be good for everyone.

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The shares outstanding clearly represented a vote by the public in support of our business philosophy, mission, vision, and plan.

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The film company's shares outstanding are in the thousands and the value of their stock will continue to rise since it is launching anticipated sequels to its most successful franchises.

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