DEFINITION of 'Cheap Stock'
The illegal practice of issuing stock options at artificially low prices shortly before an initial public offering.
Often underwriters will require a company to have more qualified management before they can go public. They attract these qualified individuals by giving options with a low exercise price.
BREAKING DOWN 'Cheap Stock'
Any option granted at a price that turns out to be only a small fraction of the actual IPO price will likely be regarded as cheap.