Publicly Traded Company


  • 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."

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

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Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Business (busn) Abbreviation,
    • Economic activities of a given type.
    • A company, either for-profit or non-profit.
    • Commercial, industrial or professional activities undertaken by an entity.
  • 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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