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B

Fifth letter of a Nasdaq stock descriptor specifying that issue is the Class B shares of the company.

B

1. On the NASDAQ stock exchange, a symbol on the ticker board indicating that the issue being traded is class B stock. That is, B represents common stock designated by the publicly-traded company issuing it as having fewer rights than class A stock, especially fewer voting rights.

2. A low bond rating used by the S&P and Fitch credit agencies. B-rated bonds are highly speculative and are thought to contain high risk and a relatively high chance of default. Banks are not permitted to invest in B-rated bonds. See also: Junk.

B

A low, speculative grade assigned to a debt obligation by a rating agency. Such a rating indicates there is considerable uncertainty as to the ability to pay interest and repay principal over a long period.

b

Used in the dividend column of stock transaction tables in newspapers to indicate payment of a stock dividend in addition to the indicated cash dividend: 1.50b.
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Captain Purnall presses a switch and our signal beam begins to swing through the night, twizzling spokes of light across infinity.
I've turned in a General Call, so even if they don't see our beam some one's bound to help--or else we must.
We shut off our beam as she adjusts herself--steering to a hair--over the tramp's conning-tower.
Keep our beam on her and send out a General Warning," says Captain Purnall, following her down.
It gave great sound of tearing, and Strickland put his head through the opening into the dark of the angle of the roof beams.
Strongly attached to the same beam was what appeared to be an end of a rope of braided horsehair, which had been cut by the bullet in its passage to the knot.
The glimmer of the lantern, as a trap opened, shone in like the heaven's sunlight; and though it only showed me the strong, dark beams of the ship that was my prison, I could have cried aloud for gladness.
They were soon left alone; nothing more important happening, in the meantime, than the boy looking round his old beam, and saying, 'Everybody at eleven to-morrow, ladies
At last they came into a maze of dust, where a quantity of people were tumbling over one another, and where there was such a confusion of unaccountable shapes of beams, bulkheads, brick walls, ropes, and rollers, and such a mixing of gaslight and daylight, that they seemed to have got on the wrong side of the pattern of the universe.
We all went together, she before us: and a glorious old room it was, with more oak beams, and diamond panes; and the broad balustrade going all the way up to it.
The captain used to remark frequently: "Ah, yes; I dare say one-third weight above beams would have been quite enough for most ships.
The captain in his armchair, holding on grimly at the head of the table, with the soup-tureen rolling on one side of the cabin and the steward sprawling on the other, would observe, looking at me: "That's your one-third above the beams.