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Tombstone

Advertisement listing the underwriters of a security issue.

Tombstone

An advertisement detailing a new issue of a security. Most importantly, the tombstone lists the underwriting syndicate responsible for placing the new issue with investors. Tombstones list the syndicate according to bracket, which is a place on a hierarchy indicating how much of an issue each individual underwriter is placing with respect to the others. The brackets are called, from largest to smallest: bulge bracket, major bracket, minor bracket, underwriter, and selling group. A tombstone derives its name because, in print, it looks vaguely like a stereotypical tombstone from the Old West.

tombstone

An advertisement for a securities issue. The ad lists the security, some of the security's specifics, and a bracketed list of the members of the syndicate selling the issue in the order of the members' importance. The term derives from the fact that the notice appears as a matter of record after the sale has been completed.
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At last the game reached to a most exciting pitch; the organ played quicker and quicker, and the goblins leaped faster and faster, coiling themselves up, rolling head over heels upon the ground, and bounding over the tombstones like footballs.
laughed Gabriel Grub, as he sat himself down on a flat tombstone which was a favourite resting-place of his, and drew forth his wicker bottle.
The hat was covered with the white frost; and the goblin looked as if he had sat on the same tombstone very comfortably, for two or three hundred years.
said the goblin, kicking up his feet in the air on either side of the tombstone, and looking at the turned-up points with as much complacency as if he had been contemplating the most fashionable pair of Wellingtons in all Bond Street.
Here, the goblin gave a loud, shrill laugh, which the echoes returned twentyfold; and throwing his legs up in the air, stood upon his head, or rather upon the very point of his sugar-loaf hat, on the narrow edge of the tombstone, whence he threw a Somerset with extraordinary agility, right to the sexton's feet, at which he planted himself in the attitude in which tailors generally sit upon the shop-board.
So, Stephen Blackpool's tombstone, with her father's record of his death, was almost of the Present, for she knew it was to be.
Young John drew tears from his eyes by finishing the picture with a tombstone in the adjoining churchyard, close against the prison wall, bearing the following touching inscription: 'Sacred to the Memory Of JOHN CHIVERY, Sixty years Turnkey, and fifty years Head Turnkey, Of the neighbouring Marshalsea, Who departed this life, universally respected, on the thirty-first of December, One thousand eight hundred and eighty- six, Aged eighty-three years.
It was an affecting illustration of the fallacy of human projects, to behold her lover, with the great hat pulled over his eyes, the velvet collar turned up as if it rained, the plum-coloured coat buttoned to conceal the silken waistcoat of golden sprigs, and the little direction-post pointing inexorably home, creeping along by the worst back-streets, and composing, as he went, the following new inscription for a tombstone in St George's Churchyard:
It was not difficult to divine that they were of a class of itinerant showmen--exhibitors of the freaks of Punch--for, perched cross-legged upon a tombstone behind them, was a figure of that hero himself, his nose and chin as hooked and his face as beaming as usual.
To this Mr Codlin, who had a surly, grumbling manner, replied, as he twitched Punch off the tombstone and flung him into the box,
The exhibition has more than 40 tombstones representing real stories of young men of color who were unarmed but killed by police nationwide.
1 (-) The Equalizer 2 (-) Billy Elliott 3 (1) The Boxtrolls 4 (-) What we Did on Our Holiday 5 (2) A Walk Among The Tombstones 6 (3) Pride 1 (-) The Equalizer 2 (-) Billy Elliott 3 (1) The Boxtrolls 4 (-) What we Did on Our Holiday 5 (2) A Walk Among The Tombstones 6 (3) Pride 1 (-) The Equalizer 2 (-) Billy Elliott 3 (1) The Boxtrolls 4 (-) What we Did on Our Holiday 5 (2) A Walk Among The Tombstones 6 (3) Pride 1 (-) The Equalizer 2 (-) Billy Elliott 3 (1) The Boxtrolls 4 (-) What we Did on Our Holiday 5 (2) A Walk Among The Tombstones 6 (3) Pride 7 (4) Lucy 8 (7) Guardians Of The Galaxy 9 (5) The Riot Club 10 (8) Sex Tapes 7 (4) Lucy 8 (7) Guardians Of The Galaxy 9 (5) The Riot Club 10 (8) Sex Tapes CHART | courtesy of Cineworld.