widow-and-orphan stock

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Widow-and-orphan stock

A stock paying high dividends with a low beta and noncyclical business, that is an extremely safe investment.
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Widow-and-Orphan Stock

A stock that pays high dividends because it has a strong financial position and is in a non-cyclical industry. Widow-and-orphan stocks are generally issued by well-established companies and are considered low-risk investments. See also: Blue chip.
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widow-and-orphan stock

A stock characterized by smaller than average price movements, a relatively high dividend, and little likelihood of dividend reduction or serious financial problems. A widow-and-orphan stock is a conservative investment with limited possibility for large gains or losses.
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