Stock market prices are the shares that show the publicly held companies where investors are trading either through exchanges or over the counter. It can also be refereed to as the Equity Market prices. It is a major part of free market economy as it gives individuals and companies access to capital and investors a share of ownership in the business.
It is through the stock market prices that investors can calculate the profits and get to know the dividends the company will pay out by selling the appreciated stocks, also known as capital gain. If the company lose money, investors will sell at a loss.
The stock market prices are displayed electronically and also held by individual investor electronically.
The primary stock market can be bought from banks and are made as public offering by the companies. The other option goes to other participants through brokers and other financial institutions. It is stock seller or dealer who has a responsibility to show or display the live stock market prices to investors.