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The person or company that owns a share in a publicly-traded company or a mutual fund. The share represents a certain (usually very small) percentage of ownership in the company or the securities underlying the fund. Thus, a stockholder has the right to receive a portion of the company's profits in the form of dividends, and, depending on the type of share, may have a right to vote on matters pertaining to corporate governance. A person or company becomes a stockholder on the record date, that is, on the date that the share was bought. A stockholder is also known as a shareholder.


Persons who own shares of a corporation. As a matter of convention, persons who own shares in large, publicly traded corporations are called stockholders and persons who own shares of small, subchapter S-corporations are called shareholders. Technically, though, the two names are interchangeable.

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At the present time, several of the stockholders have a very low basis for their stock, and several have unused passive losses.
Stockholders are encouraged to read ADESA's definitive proxy materials in their entirety as they provide, among other things, a detailed discussion of the process that led to the proposed merger and the reasons behind the Board of Directors' recommendation that stockholders vote "FOR" the approval and adoption of the merger agreement and the merger.
Acquicor and its officers and directors may be deemed to have participated in the solicitation of proxies from Acquicor's stockholders in favor of the approval of the proposed merger with Jazz.
Ramius has withdrawn its offer for the Company, and our nominees are committed to acting in the best interest of all Phoenix stockholders.
Certificates that have not been tendered in accordance with these procedures prior to the special meeting of stockholders will not be converted into cash.
Cold Spring and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies for the special meeting in connection with Cold Spring's solicitation of proxies for the special stockholder meeting at which the stockholders will be asked to approve, among other things, the SDP acquisition.
In addition, the board of directors voted to redeem all of the rights outstanding under the company's stockholder rights plan, effective as of Dec.
The Board's actions will accelerate the expiration date of the company's current stockholder rights plan to November 27, 2006.
Following SEC review of the proxy statement, Tripos will schedule a special meeting of stockholders and distribute the proxy statement.
Under the Plan, each stockholder on the record date of a distribution will receive their distribution in additional whole or fractional shares of the Company's Common Stock, unless the stockholder provides specific instructions to receive the distribution in cash.
Subject to CNS stockholder approval, the expiration of the waiting period for the merger under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, and the other terms and conditions of the merger agreement, CNS expects that the merger will be completed as promptly as practicable after the Special Meeting of Stockholders.
ATS also announced that this extension is the final deadline for EPL stockholders to accept its offer and that ATS does not intend to further extend beyond this deadline.