What's The Difference Between A Stock And A Share?


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Joel Allen Profile
Joel Allen answered
In most cases, no difference... It is just another way of saying the same thing

If I own 10 shares of General Motors, I can say I have "Stock" in that company, a share is what you call the individual unit of Stock

You can have a "share" in a company and not have stock if the company is family owned or is not publicly traded or "held." But in general the words say the same thing in most cases
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
In today's financial markets, the distinction between stocks and shares has been somewhat blurred. Generally, these words are used interchangeably to refer to the pieces of paper that denote ownership in a particular company, called stock certificates. However, the difference between the two words comes from the context in which they are used.

For example, "stock" is a general term used to describe the ownership certificates of any company, in general, and "shares" refers to a the ownership certificates of a particular company. So, if investors say they own stocks, they are generally referring to their overall ownership in one or more companies. Technically, if someone says that they own shares - the question then becomes - shares in what company?

Bottom line, stocks and shares are the same thing. The minor distinction between stocks and shares is usually overlooked, and it has more to do with syntax than financial or legal accuracy
Fred Jones Profile
Fred Jones answered
Shares are the incremental amount of stock you can own. In other words, you say you own stock in IBM and someone asks how much, you would say that you have 10 shares.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Its nt a same thing.both r different thing
stock,it means refer ownership certificate to any particular company.and share it means refer to ownership certificate to a particular company,
like eg slice and pizza

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