Stocks, also known as equities, represent ownership stakes in a company, entitling shareholders to a portion of the company's assets and profits. The stock market is a platform for buying and selling these stocks, which can be traded through Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) or on stock exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ. Stock prices fluctuate due to various reasons, including company earnings, market sentiment, and overall economic conditions. Before trading CFDs on Stocks, traders must assess multiple factors such as business models, financial conditions, and industry trends.