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AMERICAN DEPOSITORY SHARE (ADS) Definition & Legal Meaning

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COMMON STOCK issued by a foreign company in the US marketplace. ADSs, denominated in US dollars, are registered with the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION and are traded on an EXCHANGE or OVERTHECOUNTER. See also AMERICAN DEPOSITORY RECEIPT, GLOBALDEPOSITORY RECEIPT, GLOBAL DEPOSITORY SHARE.


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