P

AAA

DEFINITION of 'P'

A symbol that, when used as the fifth letter in a ticker symbol, indicates that a security is a first preferred issue. Called a fifth-letter identifier, "P" and most other letters of the alphabet, can be used to indicate that a security is not common stock, but has a special characteristic. Other examples of such characteristics and their identifiers include Class A shares ("A"), new issues ("D"), delinquent ("E"), foreign ("F"), or involved in bankruptcy proceedings, as indicated by ("Q").

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'P'

Ownership of preferred stock comes with greater rights than ownership of common stock. Preferred shareholders receive fixed dividends and are paid dividends before common shareholders. Preferred shareholders also have priority in being repaid, in the event that a company liquidates. However, bondholders have priority over preferred stockholders, and preferred stock dividends can be withheld at the company's discretion.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Hybrid Security

    A security that combines two or more different financial instruments. ...
  2. First-Preferred Stock

    First-preferred stock is an equity ownership that has seniority ...
  3. Preferred Stock

    A class of ownership in a corporation that has a higher claim ...
  4. Preferred Dividend

    A dividend that is accrued and paid on a company's preferred ...
  5. Stock Symbol

    A unique series of letters assigned to a security for trading ...
  6. R

    1. An occasional fifth letter in a Nasdaq-traded company's ticker ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    What is the difference between preferred stock and common stock?

    Preferred and common stocks are different in two key aspects. First, preferred stockholders have a greater claim to a company's assets and earnings. This is true during the good times when the ...
  2. Investing Basics

    Understanding The Ticker Tape

    We explain the meaning and use of that reel of symbols whizzing across your TV or computer screen.
  3. Options & Futures

    Getting To Know The Stock Exchanges

    Here are the answers to all the questions you have about stock exchanges but are too afraid to ask!
  4. Options & Futures

    The NYSE And Nasdaq: How They Work

    Learn some of the important differences in the way these exchanges operate and the securities that trade on them.
  5. Personal Finance

    The Evolution Of Ticker Symbols

    The stock market has changed dramatically since its inception, but the use of ticker symbols has remained largely unchanged.
  6. Options & Futures

    How do you trade put options on E*TRADE?

    Learn all about put option trading at E*TRADE. Explore margin accounts and become familiar with the different types of option writing.
  7. Options & Futures

    Do you have to be an expert investor to trade put options?

    Learn about investing in put options and the associated risks. Explore how options can provide risk, which is precisely defined to predetermined limits.
  8. Options & Futures

    Are put options more difficult to trade than call options?

    Learn about the difficulty of trading both call and put options. Explore how put options earn profits with underlying assets fall in value.
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How do hedge funds use short selling?

    Learn how hedge funds use short selling to profit from stocks that are falling in price. Explore different analytical techniques hedge funds employ to find investments.
  10. Investing Basics

    How long can a trader keep a short position?

    Learn whether there are any limitations on how long may an investor hold a short position, and explore the costs associated with short selling.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Treasury Bond - T-Bond

    A marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security with a maturity of more than 10 years. Treasury bonds make interest ...
  2. Weight Of Ice, Snow Or Sleet Insurance

    Financial protection against damage caused to property by winter weather specifically, damage caused if a roof caves in because ...
  3. Weather Insurance

    A type of protection against a financial loss that may be incurred because of rain, snow, storms, wind, fog, undesirable ...
  4. Portfolio Turnover

    A measure of how frequently assets within a fund are bought and sold by the managers. Portfolio turnover is calculated by ...
  5. Commercial Paper

    An unsecured, short-term debt instrument issued by a corporation, typically for the financing of accounts receivable, inventories ...
  6. Federal Funds Rate

    The interest rate at which a depository institution lends funds maintained at the Federal Reserve to another depository institution ...
Trading Center