Hi there, I am new in investing. I have a questions, how could I retrieve historical data of total outstanding shares of a company?
And also, is common stock = total outstanding shares?
Common stock is not the outstanding shares. A common stock is a security that represents ownership in a corporation.
You can retrieve total outstanding share from all the historical annual report or you can use paid services called shareinvestor.
Is it a bad thing if a company has many shares outstanding? It would of course impact the Earnings per Share. I remember somewhere Victor mentioned the problem of share dilution for shareholders.
Hi Eratus Jonker,
It really depend how much the increase of share outstanding as compare to their earnings growth and also their percentage of dilution every year to their outstanding share.
In general, we do prefer companies with no dilution but it does not mean company that have dilution is bad. We have to view company on a case by case basis. May be you can give an company example then we can expand from there so that you can get a clearer picture.
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