Shares of two publicly-traded companies operating under the same management that are traded as if they were one stock. Most of the time, certificates for each stapled stock are printed on the same stock certificate. Stapled stocks are put together usually if one share pays higher dividends while the other has the higher potential for appreciation. Variations on stapled stocks include HOLDRS, which issue stocks in more than two companies as one certificate. Stapled stocks are also called paired shares.
See paired shares.