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Stub Stock

A common stock in a publicly-traded company that the company has converted from a bond. A company converts its bonds to stub stocks when it has a negative net worth, either because of a takeover or a bankruptcy. The name "stub stock" probably derives from the fact that the common stock is typically worth much less than the bonds from which it has been converted. Because of the price uncertainty surrounding companies that issue stub stocks, they are risky investments. However, if the company recovers, they have the possibility of a high rate of return.
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Stub stock.

When a company has a negative net worth as a result of being bought out or going bankrupt, it may convert some of the bonds it has issued into shares of common stock.

Perhaps because each share is worth only a portion of the original bond's value, this new stock is known as stub stock.

The issuing company's financial instability makes stub stock a volatile investment. But if the company regains its strength, stub stock can increase dramatically in value.

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