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.

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