Investor Glossary-fractional shareInvestor Glossary-fractional shareInvestor Glossary-fractional shareInvestor Glossary-fractional shareInsightful stock market charts - Click here
Categories    # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Fractional Share

The HTML to link to this page

A fractional share is a fraction of a share or less than one whole share. A fractional share can occur if a company splits its stock, merges with another company in a stock swap or stock buyout or pays a stock dividend. Although most companies allow fractional share holdings to exist in their dividend reinvestment plan, an investor cannot buy and sell a fractional share. Instead, the company will require an investor who is liquidating a fractional share position to accept the cash value of the fractional share. Another alternative is for the company to round the fractional share amount up or down to the nearest whole number of shares. The IRS requires investors to include fractional share amounts in their cost basis when reporting stock sales on Schedule D of their tax return.

Rate this fractional share definition...

Learn about investing with the Investor Glossary Term of the Day

Click here for insightful stock market charts. Where is the market headed? The answer may surprise you. Find out
with the exclusive & Barron's recommended charts of Chart of the Day.

Popular Terms: covered put, risk management, average price per share, deferred tax, dividends payable, retained earnings, 144a, 1031 exchange, diluted share, reverse mortgage, class C shares, inflation, Zero Cost Collar, FICO score, stock split, ex-dividend, quality assurance, in escrow, limit order, phantom income, annual return, 1035 exchange, APR, irrevocable trust, option premium, deferred revenue, VIX, Key Rate Duration, 401a, real GDP, EBITDA, LIBOR, margin rate, current ratio, stock market close, cancelled check, ex-dividend date, balance sheet, liquidity ratio, required rate of return, FTSE, labor relations, wholly-owned subsidiary, implied volatility, per diem, command economy, debt service coverage, open position, minority interest

Accounting | Banking | Bonds | Brokers | Economy | Futures | Mutual Funds | Options | Real Estate | Retirement | Stocks | Taxes | Technical Analysis
Home | Term of the Day | Suggest a Term | Chart of the Day | Dogs of the Dow
©2004-2015 Investor Glossary - All rights reserved - Terms of Use