When Ford Motor Co. went public in 1956, thousands of everyday folks bought shares - most of them just a few shares.
Merrill Lynch reported at the time that the average sale of the Ford stock it brokered was about 10 shares.
What would those 10 shares be worth today had the purchaser held them for all these 47 years?
There is no easy and absolute answer. Ford stock has split many times during those five decades. The splits have varied from the more typical 2 to 1 to the more unusual 5 for 4 or
3 for 2. Splits also have varied depending on the class of Ford stock.