DEFINITION of 'Active Stocks'
Listed shares on an exchange that are heavily traded. Active stocks are actively bought and sold, and often have a large number of shares outstanding. Because they are heavily traded, active stocks often have low bid-ask spreads as a result of their increased liquidity.
BREAKING DOWN 'Active Stocks'
The most active stocks are listed each day with the volume and the day's gain or loss. They could be actively traded because they have a large number of shares outstanding, or because of a special situation such as there being a tender offer for the company or because of unexpected news.