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STOCKS, crim. law. A machine commonly made of wood, with boles in it, in which to confine persons accused of or guilty of a crime.
     2. It was used either to confine unruly offenders by way of security, or convicted criminals for punishment.
     3. This barbarous punishment has been generally abandoned in the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Using all transactions from 2006 to 2014, buyers averaged an annualized 1.02 PME (better, in other words, than if they had invested in the public stock market) compared with an annualized 0.97 PME for sellers--worse than public stocks.
Such volatile trading is common for freshly public stocks as investors gauge supply and demand with limited insight into how well the companies will do on the long run.
Ruling in a case based on a complaint by Germany, the Court of Justice held last April that, in keeping with existing EU legislation, the majority of foodstuffs handed over to food aid programmes for the needy must come from public stocks and that market purchases could be authorised only under certain circumstances that do not exist at present.