What are Corporate Actions?

Corporate actions tend to have a bearing on the price of a security. When a
company announces a corporate action, it is initiating a process that will
bring actual change to its securities either in terms of number of shares
increasing in the hands on the shareholders or a change to the face value of
the security or receiving shares of a new company by the shareholders as in
the case of merger or acquisition etc. By understanding these different types
of processes and their effects, an investor can have a clearer picture of what
a corporate action indicates about a company’s financial affairs and how that
action will influence the company’s share price and performance.
Corporate actions are typically agreed upon by a company’s Board of
Directors and authorized by the shareholders. Some examples are
dividends, stock splits, rights issues, bonus issues etc.

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