Common Stock Equivalent

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Common Stock Equivalent'

Securities such as stock options, warrants, preferred bonds, two-class common stock and contingent shares that can be converted into common stock. Sometimes preferred stock can also be converted to common stock.



INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Common Stock Equivalent'

Also called common shares or ordinary shares, common stock is what most people buy when they invest in a stock. It typically gives them the right to vote on corporate issues in proportion to their ownership in the company and the right to receive dividend payments. Common stock may be subdivided into class A shares and class B shares, which can have different voting and dividend rights. The other type of stock is called preferred stock, and its holders receive priority over common stock holders when dividends are paid and in the event the company liquidates.

VIDEO

Loading the player...
RELATED TERMS
  1. Deferred Equity

    A type of security, such as preferred shares or convertible bonds, ...
  2. Ordinary Shares

    Any shares that are not preferred shares and do not have any ...
  3. Preferred Stock

    A class of ownership in a corporation that has a higher claim ...
  4. Share Class

    A designation applied to a specified type of security such as ...
  5. Common Shareholder

    An individual, business or institution that holds common shares ...
  6. Common Stock

    A security that represents ownership in a corporation. Holders ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How can investors influence the c-suite?

    Investors in publicly traded firms can influence C-suite executives by exercising voting rights or engaging in investor activism. ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. Why should a company buy back shares it feels are undervalued instead of redeeming ...

    Repurchase and redemption are associated with different classes of stock. Common shares can be bought back by the issuing ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is a direct rights offering?

    A direct rights offering is an offer made by a company, directly to existing shareholders, granting them rights to purchase ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the types of share capital?

    Share capital refers to the funds a company receives from selling ownership shares to the public. A company that issues 1, ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the difference between CI (competitive intelligence) and competitive analysis?

    The difference between competitive intelligence and competitive analysis is that competitive intelligence refers to the understanding ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What are the main disadvantages of fixed income securities?

    Fixed-income securities attract investors because they provide guaranteed returns in the form of fixed, regular cash payments. ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    A Primer On Preferred Stocks

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  2. Bonds & Fixed Income

    Introduction To Convertible Preferred Shares

    These securities offer an answer for investors who want the profit potential of stocks but not the risk.
  3. Investing Basics

    Knowing Your Rights As A Shareholder

    We delve into common stock owners' privileges and how to be vigilant in monitoring a company.
  4. Investing Basics

    What is Capital Stock?

    Capital stock refers to the number of authorized shares a corporation may issue, both common and preferred.
  5. Investing News

    A New Corporate Governance Initiative In Japan

    Expectations are low that Japan can create a corporate governance climate that meets global standards, but a new initiative is aimed at doing just that.
  6. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Pros and Cons: Preferred Stock ETFs vs. Bond ETFs

    A look at the differences between preferred stock ETFs and bond ETFs and when you should invest in one over the other.
  7. Stock Analysis

    Will American Airlines Fall Back To Earth In 2015?

    The airline industry enjoys blockbuster profits, and American Airlines Group has been a key beneficiary of the favorable trends that have lifted stocks.
  8. Stock Analysis

    Qualcomm's New Buyback Program Is Well-Timed

    Qualcomm announced after market close on Monday that they had approved a new stock buyback program, authorizing to repurchase $15 billion in shares.
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    Preferred Stock ETFs: Are They Right for You?

    Considering preferred stock ETFs? Here's a look at their pros and cons.
  10. Economics

    Afraid Of A New Financial Crisis?

    It may be time for the U.S. to adopt a model for financial companies that better deters risky financial behavior.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Venture-Capital-Backed IPO

    The selling to the public of shares in a company that has previously been funded primarily by private investors. The alternative ...
  2. Merger Arbitrage

    A hedge fund strategy in which the stocks of two merging companies are simultaneously bought and sold to create a riskless ...
  3. Market Failure

    An economic term that encompasses a situation where, in any given market, the quantity of a product demanded by consumers ...
  4. Unsystematic Risk

    Company or industry specific risk that is inherent in each investment. The amount of unsystematic risk can be reduced through ...
  5. Security Market Line - SML

    A line that graphs the systematic, or market, risk versus return of the whole market at a certain time and shows all risky ...
  6. Tangible Net Worth

    A measure of the physical worth of a company, which does not include any value derived from intangible assets such as copyrights, ...
Trading Center