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Shares are units of ownership in a company that make for the equal distribution of any profits that company might make. For example, if you own 100 shares in a company with a total of 1,000 issued shares and that company made a profit of $10,000, then your stake would entitle you to $1,000.
Shares represent equity stock in a company, with the two main types being common shares and preferred shares.
Companies issue shares in two forms: Common and Preferred. The main difference between the two types is that holders of Preferred Shares have first access to any corporate assets in the event the company faces any financial difficulties. Preferred shares also are non-voting, meaning holders have no voting rights and no say in the running of the company.
Stock trading used to involve an account with a stock broker, which for many years, was the only option available for buying and selling shares. Speculating in stocks usually involved ownership of the underlying asset, in this case, share certificates.
The value of a company's stock can be affected by a number of factors such as earnings or product performance for example.
When Samsung released their Note 7 smartphone, which had the unfortunate habit of catching fire, their share value plummeted, directly influenced by the fall in sales and bad press.
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