Brief overview of the stock market and stock prices

The stock of a corporation signifies ownership in the corporation. A single share of the stock represents a claim on fractional assets and earnings of the corporation in proportion to the total number of shares. For example, if an investor owns 50 shares of stock in a company that has, in total, 1,000 outstanding shares, that investor (or shareholder) would own and have claim on 5% of the company's assets and earnings.

Stocks of a company can be traded between shareholders and other parties via stock exchanges and organizations. Major stock exchanges include New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange Group, Shanghai Stock Exchange, and Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The prices that ...

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