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Stock market

A stock market is a physical or electronic space where buyers and sellers of ownership in corporations can exchange their shares with each other.

Expanded Definition

The prices that buyers and sellers offer each other is "discovered" either by direct electronic display, or (in the historical case of the New York Stock Exchange, for example) by specialists and market makers who serve as middlemen in the price discovery and transaction.


David and Tom Gardner have often described stock markets simply as "just like a farmer's market, except that rather than fruits and vegetables being on sale, you can buy pieces of companies. And it's not just open on Saturdays."