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    Stocks traded or was traded?

    Hello, here is an excerpt from a news report and I am pretty comfortable with it. But one of my friends asked me if we have to use passive voice for the verb TRADE in this sentence. Can anybody help answer it? Thank you.

    Riviera stock traded as high as $39.12 in 2007, but has been devastated by the recession and the company's financial troubles.
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    Re: Stocks traded or was traded?

    The use of the active voice in this case is fairly recent, but acceptable in current writing. Your friend's advice would have been right when I was a boy, but modern journalism favours the active.

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    PPS I think the reason may be that investors prefer to think that something inanimate is inflicting them with either failure or fortune. Use of the active voice also saves words - an important consideration in journalism. Rather than 'at the close of trading, the price of Acme stock was $N' it's quicker to say 'Acme closed up at $N'.
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    Re: Stocks traded or was traded?

    PS ... and of course if passive it would be "stocks were" or "stock was".

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    Re: Stocks traded or was traded?

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    PS ... and of course if passive it would be "stocks were" or "stock was".

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    Thank you, sir. For a company with only one listing on the market, do we say Riviera stock or Riviera stocks, or both are alright?

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    Re: Stocks traded or was traded?

    I've heard both. There may be a technical distinction, but I don't know it. I think you'd probably use "stock" for one company's stock and "stocks" for a range of what's available on the market. 'Acme stock was ...', ''Stocks on the NASDAQ were ...'

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