Listed company

A company is said to be “listed”, “quoted” or “have a listing” if its shares can be traded on a stock exchange.

To be more accurate, it is the securities that are listed, not the company. The phrase “listed company” is widely used to mean a company that has listed ordinary shares.

It is possible (although not common) for a company to have listed debt securities but not listed shares.

Listing in more than one market is possible through secondary listings, or through the more complex approach of dual listing.

A group of companies may also have separately listed subsidiaries, associates, and tracking stocks.

In the UK inclusion, on the Official List is a pre-requisite for trading on an exchange. It is inclusion on the official list that defines a listed company.

The Official List is published by the UK Listing Authority.