A share of a company held by an individual or group. Corporations raise capital by issuing stocks and entitle the stock owners (shareholders) to partial ownership of the corporation. Stocks are bought and sold on what is called an exchange. There are several types of stocks and the two most typical forms are preferred stock and common stock. See also share.

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Buying the stock of a new company can be a huge risk to the investor, but can also be a gratifying pay off if it was the right investment to make.

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Take stock of how you purchase stock, as not all companies are worth possessing, just as not all apples are edible.

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Companies in the stock market make a lot of profit, but at any time customers can pull their investments out and the company will crash.

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