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Regularly, these words are used interchangeably to denote ownership in companies or a particular company, however, what's the main difference?


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“A stock” is a portion of a company that entitles you to a part of the companies assets and earnings. The value is divided into a fixed number of shares which may be bought, sold or traded. “A share” is another word for a stock.
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Let's say a company has 1,000,000 shares of stock. The company would mostly offer 450,000 share for sale (to retain the majority of ownership).

Profits that were not invested back into the company would be divided into 1,000,000 parts, with each share of stock receiving the same amount. That is earnings per share.
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