Stock market (redirected from Equities market)
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A place, whether physical or electronic, where stocks
, and/or derivatives
in listed companies
are bought and sold. A stock exchange may be a private company, a non-profit
, or a publicly-traded company
(some exchanges have shares
on their own floors
). A stock exchange provides a regulated place where brokers
and companies may meet in order to make investments
on neutral ground. The concept traces its roots back to medieval France and the Low Countries, where agricultural goods were traded for cash
. Most countries have a main exchange and many also have smaller, regional exchanges
. A stock exchange is also called a bourse or simply an exchange.
A stock market may be a physical place, sometimes known as a stock exchange, where brokers gather to buy and sell stocks and other securities.
The term is also used more broadly to include electronic trading that takes place over computer and telephone lines. In fact, in many markets around the world, all stock trading is handled electronically.
stock market a MARKET that deals in the buying and selling of company stocks and shares and government bonds. See STOCK EXCHANGE for further details.