Common stock / common shares

securities that represent shared equity ownership in a company. Stockholders generally have the right to vote on matters such as corporate objectives and policies, corporate actions (stock splits, mergers, takeovers, etc.) and the election of directors. They are also entitled to participate in a company's success through share appreciation and dividend payments if made by the company. In the event the company is liquidated, common stockholders have the right to its assets, but only after the claims of bondholders and owners of preferred stock have been met. Also termed Ordinary shares.