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Preferred Shares  

Definition 1.

A special variety of stock that (usually) pays a fixed dividend, and whose holders have a claim on the company''s earnings and assets that precedes the claim of those who hold common stock. Preferred shares act a little like bonds, what with their dividend, but aren''t necessarily preferred by individual investors, perhaps in part due to the difficulty of pricing them.
 
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