Six months can make a huge difference in the stock market. After the Coronavirus outbreak, the market saw a meltdown. But now stocks have recovered. Two companies have done so well that they have decided to hold stock splits: Tesla and Apple. The move created a lot of media attention, but what does a stock split even mean?
What is a Stock Split?
Companies on the stock market have a certain number of shares that people can buy and sell. A stock split is when a company divides current shares into multiple new ones. For example, a company might divide every one of its shares into two, three, or more. After stock becomes too expensive, many companies will choose to split stock to lower the trading price and make it more appealing to investors. Overall, it does not make a company any cheaper. But it does make it easier for average traders to buy shares in some of the biggest companies.
Over the last 60 years, the ten largest global brands have had stock splits that led to double-digit gains in investment over the following 12 months. Apple has completed four splits (1987, 2000, 2005, and 2014), with an average gain of 10%. This is Tesla’s first stock split, and it has recorded a decent return so far.