Shares represent a slice in the ownership of a company. Financial Services Glossary
The authorised share capital of a company is divided into a number of equal parts. Each part is called a share.
See ordinary shares, preference shares, securities. London Stock Exchange Glossary
Security evidencing ownership in the capital of the issuing company. Shares may pay dividends to their owners and entitle them to vote at shareholder meetings. Shares may be listed on the stock exchange. Also known as a stock or an equity. NYSE Euronext Glossary

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Div/​Share Div/​Share FINANCE
written abbreviation for dividend per share

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   A share represents ownership in a company and the right to receive a share in the profits of that company. Also called a stock.

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share UK US /ʃeər/ noun
[C, usually singular] one of the parts that results when something is divided between several people, groups, etc., or a number representing that part: »

The total bill comes to €80, so our share is €20.


The party's share of the vote fell from 39% to 24%.


We must all accept some share of the responsibility.

[C] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET one of the units that the ownership of a company, fund, etc. is divided into and which can be bought by members of the public: »

She buys and sells stocks and shares.


The value of my shares has fallen by 8%.


Share prices have gone up for three weeks in a row.


have/own/hold shares in sth


On the London Stock Exchange, 18.5 million shares were traded yesterday.


The company is talking to its investors about issuing shares to fund the deal.

sb's (fair) share of sth — Cf. sb's share of sth
See also ADJUSTED SHARE PRICE(Cf. ↑adjusted share price), ADVANCING SHARE(Cf. ↑advancing share), AUTHORIZED SHARE CAPITAL(Cf. ↑authorized share capital), BEARER SHARE(Cf. ↑bearer share), BLOCK(Cf. ↑block) noun, BONUS SHARES(Cf. ↑bonus shares), BRAND SHARE(Cf. ↑brand share), CAPITAL SHARE(Cf. ↑capital share), COMMON SHARE(Cf. ↑common share), CONVERTIBLE SHARE(Cf. ↑convertible share), CUMULATIVE PREFERENCE SHARE(Cf. ↑cumulative preference share), CYCLICAL SHARES(Cf. ↑cyclical shares), DECLINING SHARE(Cf. ↑declining share), DEFERRED SHARE(Cf. ↑deferred share), DELTA SHARES(Cf. ↑delta shares), EQUITY SHARE(Cf. ↑equity share), FRACTIONAL SHARE(Cf. ↑fractional share), FULLY-PAID SHARES(Cf. ↑fully-paid shares), FUND SHARE(Cf. ↑fund share), GOLDEN SHARE(Cf. ↑golden share), GROWTH SHARE(Cf. ↑growth share), HEAVY SHARE(Cf. ↑heavy share), INCOME SHARE(Cf. ↑income share), LISTED SHARE(Cf. ↑listed share), MANAGEMENT SHARE(Cf. ↑management share), MARKET SHARE(Cf. ↑market share), MID-CAP(Cf. ↑mid-cap), NEW SHARE(Cf. ↑new share), NON-PARTICIPATING SHARES(Cf. ↑non-participating shares), NON-VOTING(Cf. ↑non-voting), NO-PAR(Cf. ↑no-par), ORDINARY SHARE(Cf. ↑ordinary share), OUTSTANDING SHARES(Cf. ↑outstanding shares), PARTICIPATING PREFERENCE SHARE(Cf. ↑participating preference share), PARTLY-PAID SHARES(Cf. ↑partly-paid shares), PENNY SHARE(Cf. ↑penny share), PREFERRED SHARE(Cf. ↑preferred share), PRIMARY SHARES(Cf. ↑primary shares), QUOTED SHARE(Cf. ↑quoted share), REGISTERED SHARE(Cf. ↑registered share), SECONDARY SHARES(Cf. ↑secondary shares), SPLIT SHARE(Cf. ↑split share), UNDERLYING SHARES(Cf. ↑underlying shares), UNIT SHARE(Cf. ↑unit share), UNLISTED SHARES(Cf. ↑unlisted shares), VOTING SHARE(Cf. ↑voting share), WHEN-ISSUED SHARE(Cf. ↑when-issued share)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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