Stock

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Stocks are ownership shares in the assets of a corporation.

They may be bought and sold in the stock market if the corporation is "publicly traded" (i.e. stocks can be purchased by any person), or may be "privately traded" (i.e. the company is held by only a few people, often family members of founders or later purchasers, and cannot be sold to anyone without the approval of the other owners).

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