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Definition of

capital stock

Stockholding & Investments

stock authorized by US firm's charter in the United States, the stock authorized by a company's charter, including common stock and preferred stock.

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Definitions of ’capital stock’ and meaning of ’capital stock’ are from the book publication, QFINANCE – The Ultimate Resource, © 2009 Bloomsbury Information Ltd. Find definitions for ’capital stock’ and other financial terms with our online QFINANCE Financial Dictionary.

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