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  1. Plural of share


  1. third-person singular of share

Extensive Definition

In financial markets, a share is a unit of account for various financial instruments including stocks, mutual funds, limited partnerships, and REIT's. In British English, use of the word shares in the plural to refer to stock is so common that it almost replaces the word stock itself. In American English, the plural stocks is widely used instead of shares, in other words to refer to the stock (or perhaps originally stock certificates) of even a single company. Traditionalist demands that the plural stocks be used only when referring to stock of more than one company are rarely heard nowadays.
The income received from shares is called a dividend, and a person owning shares is called a shareholder.
A share is one of a finite number of equal portions in the capital of a company, entitling the owner to a proportion of distributed, non-reinvested profits known as dividends, and to a portion of the value of the company in case of liquidation. Shares can be voting or non-voting, meaning they either do or do not carry the right to vote on the board of directors and corporate policy. Whether this right exists often affects the value of the share. Voting and non-voting shares are also known as Class A and B shares respectively.

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shares in Afrikaans: Aandeel
shares in Arabic: سهم تجاري
shares in Min Nan: Kó͘-phiò
shares in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Акцыя
shares in Catalan: Acció
shares in Czech: Akcie
shares in Danish: Aktie
shares in German: Aktie
shares in Estonian: Aktsia
shares in Spanish: Acción (finanzas)
shares in Esperanto: Akcio
shares in French: Action (finance)
shares in Galician: Acción (finanzas)
shares in Korean: 주식
shares in Croatian: Dionica
shares in Indonesian: Saham
shares in Italian: Azione (finanza)
shares in Hebrew: מניה
shares in Javanese: Saham
shares in Kara-Kalpak: Aktsiya
shares in Luxembourgish: Aktie
shares in Lithuanian: Akcija (finansai)
shares in Hungarian: Részvény
shares in Macedonian: Акција
shares in Malay (macrolanguage): Saham
shares in Dutch: Aandeel
shares in Japanese: 株式
shares in Norwegian: Aksje
shares in Norwegian Nynorsk: Aksje
shares in Polish: Akcja (prawo)
shares in Portuguese: Ação (finanças)
shares in Russian: Акция (финансы)
shares in Slovak: Akcia (cenný papier)
shares in Serbian: Акција
shares in Finnish: Osake
shares in Swedish: Aktie
shares in Ukrainian: Акція
shares in Yiddish: אקציע (פינאנץ)
shares in Contenese: 股票
shares in Samogitian: Akcėjė
shares in Chinese: 股票
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