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Prices (of equity)

Price of a share of common stock on the date shown. Highs and lows are based on the highest and lowest intraday trading price.
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The value of a thing with real or perceived worth. Price represents the amount of value the market has assigned, fairly or unfairly, to a good or service. Normally, prices are expressed in terms of money, but practices such as countertrade and PIK securities indicate that prices may be expressed in goods: "four chickens for two sheep." Price is a necessary component of trade.

Prices tend to be regulated by the law of supply and demand; that is, a price of a good or service increases with smaller supply and/or greater demand. A corollary to this is the idea that commoditization drives prices down because it increases supply (sometimes vastly) while leaving demand the same. Prices likewise rise when the value of money declines. Governments can and have controlled the prices of certain goods and services by subsidy or decree. This is usually an anti-inflationary measure and tends to distort, rather than eliminate, the law of supply and demand. It is thus not generally sustainable as a mechanism for controlling price.
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Roosevelt's New Deal farm policy was designed to help farmers reeling from a farm depression caused by collapsing prices due to overproduction.
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The stocks amassed, in turn, have undermined the ability of oil exporters to control prices. OPEC ministers recognize that under certain circumstances the accruing stocks could precipitate a sudden, temporary drop in crude prices similar to the one observed in natural gas last spring.
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The FTC found that this was a way for physicians to communicate to their competitors what prices the physicians would like to get in the future, not what prices physicians had received in the past, or indeed, what physicians might settle for individually in a contract.
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