Issued stock is the shares of a company that have been distributed to investors. These are all of the shares representing the total ownership interest in a business. Issued stock includes shares that have been sold, given to employees or third parties as compensation or payment (respectively), donated, or issued in settlement of a debt - in short, every possible share that has been distributed. This includes shares held both by corporate outsiders and insiders. The amount of issued stock may be reported in a company's financial statements.
If a company reacquires stock and retires it, these shares are no longer considered to be issued.
Issued stock is also called issued shares.