Publicly Traded Company

Definition

  • A company that is listed and publically traded on a stock exchange. The publically traded company sells its securities (stocks, bonds, etc) to the general public on a stock exchange, and individuals and entities buy and sell these securities freely on the open market. Also known as a "public company," "publically owned company," "publicly held company," or "public limited company."

Synonyms
publicly held company, publically owned company, public company, public limited company

Alternate Spellings
corporation

Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Business (busn) Abbreviation,
    • A company, either for-profit or non-profit.
    • Commercial, industrial or professional activities undertaken by an entity.
    • Economic activities of a given type.
  • Buyer's Market Definition,
    • When market conditions favour the buyer.
  • Common Stock (CS) Acronym,
    • A security that allocates partial ownership in a corporation, but at a lower standing than preferred stocks.
  • Incorporated Business Definition,
    • A company that exists as a corporation.
  • Initial Public Offering (IPO) Acronym,
    • When shares of a corporation become available to the public for the first time.
  • Preferred Stock Definition,
    • A type of security that signifies part ownership in a corporation and is given preferential treatment over common stocks.
  • Privately Held Company Definition,
    • A company that is not listed on a stock exchange.
  • Revenue Definition,
    • Money earned by a company from its business activities.
  • Secondary Market Definition,
    • A market where financial instruments such as stocks, bonds, options and futures are bought and sold to investors.
  • Seller's Market Definition,
    • Due to either low supply or high demand, the seller can expect to sell quickly with a high sale price.
  • Sole Proprietorship Definition,
    • A business owned by an individual where no legal distinction is made between the business and the owner.
  • Stock Definition,
    • A share of the ownership of a company.
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