About OTCQB Stocks

Introduction

Stocks that are classified as trading in the OTCQB market are considered to have better disclosure practices for OTC stocks then companies that trade in the Pink markets, but not as good disclosure practices as those companies in the OTCQX market, according to the OTC Markets Group. If you are new to OTC stocks, you can read about OTC stocks. This article analyzes the stocks in the OTCQB market, in order to get a "big picture" view of the OTCQB market. You can see those stocks using our list of OTCQB stocks.

Analysis

Here is a summary of the OTCQB stocks based on size category:

CategorySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Large cap3$82,316,998,66753.72%
Micro cap865$39,996,798,45326.10%
Small cap32$21,473,287,37314.01%
Mid cap4$9,434,181,8686.16%
Unknown10$00.00%
Total914$153,221,266,361100.00%

As explained in our article size categories, there is no standard definition of what makes up a "large cap" stock or a "mid cap" stock. On our website, we use a cutoff of $10 billion to determine a large cap stock. This is a just a widely used rule of thumb that we have also chosen to use. Similarly, a "mid cap" stock under our definition is a stock with a market capitalization between $2 billion and $10 billion, a small cap stock has a market capitalization between $300 million and $2 billion, and a micro cap stock has a market capitalization under $300 million.

Here is a summary of the OTCQB stocks based on security type:

CategorySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Common stocks906$153,004,385,10599.86%
ADRs7$211,701,2560.14%
Units1$5,180,0000.00%
Total914$153,221,266,361100.00%

But a large portion of the OTCQB common stocks are foreign companies that have cross-listed their shares on the U.S. OTC market:

CategorySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
U.S. common stocks384$115,922,470,49475.76%
Foreign common stocks522$37,081,914,61124.24%
Total906$153,004,385,105100.00%

Here is a summary of the OTCQB stocks based on country:

CountrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
USA385$115,927,650,49475.66%
Canada444$27,315,322,02017.83%
Australia27$3,635,328,7852.37%
United Kingdom11$1,965,107,6731.28%
China13$1,176,740,6010.77%
Switzerland2$905,068,9680.59%
Malaysia5$436,382,1130.28%
Hong Kong3$414,316,4850.27%
Brazil2$317,440,8220.21%
Norway3$239,200,5230.16%
Taiwan1$215,697,9210.14%
Israel8$201,140,1830.13%
The Netherlands1$177,059,6650.12%
Thailand1$80,612,4220.05%
South Africa1$52,946,1470.03%
Bahamas1$46,671,3820.03%
Jersey1$34,860,4600.02%
Sweden1$28,967,0490.02%
British Virgin Islands1$19,279,5290.01%
Mexico1$16,349,2540.01%
Singapore1$9,411,0830.01%
Germany1$5,712,7820.00%
Total914$153,221,266,361100.00%

Notice the large number of Canadian companies. There are a large number of small Canadian mining and energy companies that are cross-listed on the U.S. OTC market. Here is a summary of the Canadian stocks based on size category:

CategorySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Micro cap428$17,924,612,87965.62%
Small cap12$7,233,837,05526.48%
Mid cap1$2,156,872,0867.90%
Unknown3$00.00%
Total444$27,315,322,020100.00%

Because these are smaller Canadian companies, their primary listing tends to be on one of Canada's smaller stock exchanges and not on the Toronto Stock Exchange:

ExchangeSecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
400$18,267,297,69766.88%
TSX Venture Exchange23$3,953,220,38414.47%
Canadian Securities Exchange12$2,754,275,90410.08%
Toronto Stock Exchange9$2,340,528,0358.57%
Total444$27,315,322,020100.00%

The U.S. companies tend to be microcaps. Here is a summary of the U.S. stocks based on size category:

CategorySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Large cap3$82,316,998,66771.01%
Micro cap364$17,524,410,29815.12%
Small cap12$8,808,931,7477.60%
Mid cap3$7,277,309,7826.28%
Unknown3$00.00%
Total385$115,927,650,494100.00%

The U.S. companies operate in a wide variety of industries:

IndustrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Entertainment4$55,610,008,61247.97%
Broadcasting1$26,823,330,40123.14%
Biotechnology34$5,502,694,9384.75%
Mortgage Finance2$3,294,487,2562.84%
Shell Companies4$2,542,450,2942.19%
Banks-Regional19$2,235,271,9771.93%
Other Industrial Metals & Mining8$2,006,334,6001.73%
Medical Devices19$1,500,635,7391.29%
Software—Application18$1,259,740,5651.09%
47$902,161,3570.78%
Electronic Components2$884,340,6180.76%
Drug Manufacturers—Specialty & Generic24$809,962,9570.70%
Tobacco1$742,596,6610.64%
Health Information Services7$595,334,6340.51%
Semiconductors2$582,257,8920.50%
Farm Products3$550,404,6170.47%
Scientific & Technical Instruments9$530,834,2190.46%
Packaged Foods5$504,657,5920.44%
Communication Equipment5$436,749,8990.38%
Software—Infrastructure6$434,955,4280.38%
Aerospace & Defense5$428,292,7380.37%
Utilities—Regulated Water2$418,276,1770.36%
Gold8$377,743,5600.33%
Internet Content & Information3$335,353,2860.29%
Computer Hardware3$324,543,8140.28%
Information Technology Services7$313,800,7970.27%
Electrical Equipment & Parts5$309,957,9190.27%
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials2$305,777,9820.26%
Conglomerates2$301,276,2040.26%
Food Distribution2$299,468,6110.26%
Specialty Chemicals4$266,483,7710.23%
Utilities—Renewable4$260,939,8990.23%
Pollution & Treatment Controls3$246,622,3780.21%
Telecom Services6$244,993,2210.21%
Insurance—Diversified1$229,821,3670.20%
Leisure4$207,592,4830.18%
Medical Care Facilities4$201,318,6930.17%
Capital Markets6$182,974,5500.16%
Advertising Agencies4$175,128,7610.15%
Beverages—Wineries & Distilleries2$168,867,1590.15%
Specialty Retail3$153,252,1280.13%
Household & Personal Products5$152,143,1890.13%
Specialty Business Services2$143,455,5440.12%
Beverages—Brewers1$140,773,0600.12%
Metal Fabrication2$131,091,1810.11%
Security & Protection Services2$124,953,3920.11%
Consulting Services5$114,275,9060.10%
Beverages—Non-Alcoholic2$111,250,9590.10%
Home Improvement Retail1$110,192,9960.10%
Grocery Stores1$108,378,3560.09%
Asset Management3$102,305,7510.09%
Oil & Gas E&P5$100,046,6820.09%
Apparel Retail2$76,462,1950.07%
Pharmaceutical Retailers1$72,768,0580.06%
Real Estate Services1$68,432,8020.06%
Auto Parts3$63,511,6610.05%
Industrial Distribution3$61,314,2460.05%
Airlines1$55,590,0130.05%
Building Materials1$54,668,4200.05%
Solar1$48,806,9090.04%
Restaurants2$40,758,5780.04%
Real Estate—Development1$37,507,4820.03%
Chemicals1$37,131,4210.03%
Residential Construction1$35,839,4790.03%
Other3$35,147,7410.03%
Utilities—Regulated Electric1$31,525,7750.03%
Farm & Heavy Construction Machinery2$31,173,5480.03%
Engineering & Construction2$30,017,8510.03%
Other Precious Metals & Mining3$29,334,6610.03%
Specialty Industrial Machinery3$29,294,7030.03%
Waste Management1$25,219,5160.02%
Diagnostics & Research2$21,332,0740.02%
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services3$20,988,6090.02%
Staffing & Employment Services1$20,633,2670.02%
Medical Instruments & Supplies1$20,160,9590.02%
Electronic Gaming & Multimedia1$18,064,4850.02%
Consumer Electronics2$17,330,4310.01%
Financial Data & Stock Exchanges1$17,236,0200.01%
Healthcare Plans1$14,592,0000.01%
Oil & Gas Midstream1$14,102,3090.01%
REIT—Mortgage1$13,226,6410.01%
Furnishings, Fixtures & Appliances1$8,404,2440.01%
Real Estate—Diversified1$7,868,7650.01%
Education & Training Services2$6,968,5450.01%
Silver1$6,198,3940.01%
Footwear & Accessories1$5,230,7000.00%
Textile Manufacturing1$4,337,6500.00%
Airports & Air Services1$3,138,0320.00%
Travel Services1$2,769,5400.00%
Total385$115,927,650,494100.00%


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