Evidence of participation in the ownership of a corporation that takes the form of printed certificates.
Each share of common stock constitutes a contract between the shareholder and the corporation. The owner of a share of common stock is ordinarily entitled to participate in and to vote at stockholders' meetings. He or she participates in the profits through the receipt of dividends after the payment of dividends on preferred stock. Shares of common stock are the personal property of their holder.
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com·mon stock • pl. n. (also com·mon stocks) shares entitling their holder to dividends that vary in amount and may even be missed, depending on the fortunes of the company. Compare with preferred stock.
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