Common Equity Issued

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Definition

Common Equity Issued is the amount of stock that a company has issued/bought back in the last period. Companies that are consistently buying back shares may be favorable to shareholders (management included).

Companies issuing significant common equity may be signs that management believes the company is overvalued and is looking to create more funds for the company at current price levels. On the flip side, if a company is buying back shares, this could imply that a company views its stock is undervalued and can lead to further stock appreciation, company is favorable to its shareholders, company has no better use of its cash, looking to eliminate the threat of a hostile acquisition, or cynically management is looking for a quick price increase for its expiring stock options.

Formula

This is a net calculation. If a company issues 15 million and repurchases 5 million, the net is 10 million shares issued.

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