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What is a listed company?

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A listed company is a business that is included on the roster of companies traded on a particular exchange. Most often a company strives to be listed on a major exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange or the Nasdaq in order to attract more investors.

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To be listed on an exchange, a business must first comply with basic criteria set by that exchange and continue to fulfill any requirements it demands. Exchanges often add and delete businesses from their listings. Possible criteria may include the number of shares the company lists and a required minimum of earnings. Another name for a listed company is a quoted company.

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