Outstanding Shares


Outstanding Shares
Stock currently held by investors, including restricted shares owned by the company's officers and insiders, as well as those held by the public. Shares that have been repurchased by the company are not considered outstanding stock.

Also referred to as "issued and outstanding" if all repurchased shares have been retired.

This number is shown on a company's balance sheet under the heading "Capital Stock" and is more important than the authorized shares or float. It is used to calculate many metrics, including market capitalization and earnings per share (EPS).


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  • Outstanding shares — Shares that are currently owned by investors. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * outstanding shares outstanding shares ➔ Share * * * outstanding shares UK US noun [plural] (also shares outstanding, outstanding stock [U]) …   Financial and business terms

  • outstanding shares — shares that are currently owned by investors. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * outstanding shares outstanding shares ➔ Share * * * outstanding shares UK US noun [plural] (also shares outstanding, outstanding stock [U]) ► FINANCE, STOCK MARKET …   Financial and business terms

  • outstanding — Used in the context of general equities. stock held by shareholders (verses the company s treasury stock). Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * outstanding out‧stand‧ing [aʊtˈstændɪŋ] adjective 1. FINANCE a company s outstanding shares are all… …   Financial and business terms

  • shares outstanding — The number of shares that have been issued that are actually in the hands of investors. Exchange Handbook Glossary * * * shares outstanding UK US noun [plural] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET ► OUTSTANDING SHARES(Cf. ↑outstanding shares) …   Financial and business terms

  • Shares outstanding — are common shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors. They have voting rights and represent ownership in the corporation by the person or institution that holds the shares. They should be distinguished from treasury… …   Wikipedia

  • Shares authorized — is the maximum number of shares that a company can issue. This number is specified in the company s articles of association but can be changed by shareholder approval. A company usually authorizes a higher number of shares than required to be… …   Wikipedia

  • outstanding — out·stand·ing adj 1: not paid had several outstanding debts 2: publicly issued and sold a million shares outstanding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • outstanding issue — UK US noun [U] ► FINANCE the total number of shares held by a company s shareholders at a particular time, which may be less than authorized issue (= the number it is allowed to sell): »If their holdings exceed 5% of the total outstanding issue… …   Financial and business terms

  • outstanding issue — n. The total number of shares actually sold to shareholders less treasury stock; must be less than the authorized issue (the amount permitted by the company s charter). Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • outstanding stock — Shares of corporate stock held as obligations of the corporation, as distinguished from treasury stock. Borg v International Silver Co. (CA2 NY) 11 F2d 147 …   Ballentine's law dictionary