Common stock

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Common stock is a form of corporation equity ownership represented in the securities. It is a stock whose dividends are based on market fluctuations. [1] It is dangerous in comparison to preferred shares and some other investment options, in that in the event of bankruptcy, common stock investors receive their funds after preferred stock holders, bondholders, creditors, etc. On the other hand, common shares on average perform better than preferred shares or bonds over time.

Holders of common stock are able to influence the corporation through votes on establishing corporate objectives and policy, stock splits, and electing the company's board of directors. Some holders of common stock also receive preemptive rights, which enable them to retain their proportional ownership in a company should it issue another stock offering.

Additional benefits from common stock include earning dividends and capital appreciation.


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