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Free-float refers to those shares which are readily available for trading in the stock market. It generally excludes promoters' holding, government / strategic holding and other locked-in shares, which will not come to the market for trading in the normal course.

E.g.: MMTC has Rs. 5 crore outstanding shares, of which 4.97 crore shares are held by the Government under promoter category. Only the balance 3.34 lakh shares comprise the free float of the company.

Source: sptulsian.com

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