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In financial markets, stock is the capital that a firm gets by giving out and distributing shares.

A person or organization which holds shares of stocks is called a shareholder. The whole value of the stocks that a firm has issued is called its market capitalization.

Stocks can be bought and sold from the stock exchange. Someone who buys and sells stock is called a stockbroker.

In the United Kingdom and Australia, the term share is used the same way as stock is described in the United States.

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