Definition of Penny Stock

What is a penny stock? What is the definition of the term penny stock?

The definition of a penny stock is a bit more complicated than you might think.

The literal definition of the term would be - a stock that trades for less than $1. Meaning, the stock is trading for just pennies.

-- Penny Stock definition - financial term --For instance, a stock that is trading for 50 cents per share? That would be a penny stock.

Many times a stock that is trading for more than $1 is also called a "penny stock" - what gives?

The term "penny stock" can also apply to highly illiquid companies that trade on the pink sheets or through the OTCBB.

A $2 stock that trades on the pink sheets may be referred to as a "penny stock", even though it is trading for $2.

The term "penny stock", in a broader sense, can refer to any highly risky, highly speculative stock that doesn't trade on a major index such as the DJIA or NASDAQ.

A $5 stock could conceivably be thought of as a "penny stock" if it was illiquid, highly risky and traded on the pink sheets.

Again - the literal definition? A stock that is trading for less than $1.

The more commonly used definition? Any risky, illiquid stock that is trading on the pink sheets or the OTCBB.

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