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Pardon my ignorance. I'm new to investing and haven't learned the lingo yet. Until today, I thought "shares" and "stock" were synonyms. But in articles I read this morning, they obviously meant two different things.


"The company's shares have climbed nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has fallen roughly 2 percent in the last 12 months."

I understand the term "stock". But "company's shares"? What is the writer talking about? Why does it matter?

And where did the data about "company's shares" come from? If I wanted to know the same info about AAPL, where would I look for it?

After chuckling at my ignorance, please answer my question. Thanks!
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