Market capitalization refers to the total dollar market value of a company’s outstanding shares of stock. Commonly referred to as market cap, it is calculated by multiplying the total number of a company’s outstanding shares by the current market price of one share. As an example, a company with 10 million shares selling for $100 each would have a market cap of $1 billion. The investment community uses this figure to determine a company’s size, as opposed to using sales or total asset figures.
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