Definition: A stock that tracks the performance of a particular division within a parent company.
TeenAnalyst Advice: When a parent company issues a tracking stock, all the financial information is removed from their balance sheet and income statement and separated into its own information.
Why would a company do this? Sometimes a high-growth division will have large losses and won't be representative of the parent company. By spinning it off as a tracking stock, it can attract more aggressive investors and improve the financials for the parent company (by removing the losses from that division).