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$60,121,336,00056.41%
Micro cap839$22,139,752,29120.77%
Mid cap4$16,086,692,81615.09%
Small cap12$8,229,690,9187.72%
Unknown2$00.00%
Total860$106,577,472,025100.00%

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 stocks856$106,426,941,33399.86%
ADRs4$150,530,6920.14%
Total860$106,577,472,025100.00%

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 stocks443$92,501,436,34686.92%
Foreign common stocks413$13,925,504,98713.08%
Total856$106,426,941,333100.00%

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

CountrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
USA443$92,501,436,34686.79%
Canada341$8,344,936,9007.83%
China20$3,906,589,6013.67%
Australia19$765,116,9460.72%
Israel7$178,057,9170.17%
Norway2$144,835,1400.14%
Mexico2$126,862,1490.12%
Taiwan1$111,184,5000.10%
The Netherlands2$107,750,5350.10%
Thailand1$80,612,0000.08%
Brazil1$80,588,3130.08%
Hong Kong4$71,920,8300.07%
United Kingdom5$55,354,7570.05%
Bahamas1$23,816,5410.02%
Sweden1$23,594,9700.02%
Switzerland1$15,187,9000.01%
South Africa1$14,437,1600.01%
Malaysia3$10,105,9530.01%
Sri Lanka1$8,130,5160.01%
Germany2$4,277,2820.00%
Singapore1$2,168,6610.00%
Indonesia1$507,1080.00%
Total860$106,577,472,025100.00%

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 cap340$7,661,229,85091.81%
Small cap1$683,707,0508.19%
Total341$8,344,936,900100.00%

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%
315$6,044,696,03272.44%
TSX Venture Exchange14$1,207,862,70814.47%
Toronto Stock Exchange9$708,093,5508.49%
Canadian Securities Exchange3$384,284,6104.61%
Total341$8,344,936,900100.00%

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$60,121,336,00065.00%
Mid cap4$16,086,692,81617.39%
Micro cap428$12,213,711,26213.20%
Small cap6$4,079,696,2684.41%
Unknown2$00.00%
Total443$92,501,436,346100.00%

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

IndustrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Entertainment4$41,715,171,01845.10%
Broadcasting2$18,783,484,68020.31%
Telecom Services11$8,169,764,5388.83%
Biotechnology51$6,007,634,2216.49%
Mortgage Finance2$3,925,103,6104.24%
Shell Companies4$2,524,610,9202.73%
Banks—Regional19$1,776,608,7001.92%
Medical Devices19$774,440,4650.84%
Drug Manufacturers—Specialty & Generic35$658,846,9980.71%
Software—Application24$531,783,9520.57%
Utilities—Regulated Water2$441,205,8130.48%
Medical Care Facilities6$397,006,6460.43%
Advertising Agencies4$368,630,6370.40%
Aerospace & Defense9$330,279,4240.36%
Gold10$314,165,7540.34%
Specialty Chemicals7$308,614,7180.33%
Other Industrial Metals & Mining11$305,922,5920.33%
Communication Equipment8$305,537,5950.33%
Household & Personal Products6$294,322,8980.32%
Packaged Foods7$284,035,7820.31%
Conglomerates2$276,842,0640.30%
Pollution & Treatment Controls6$276,028,6940.30%
Food Distribution4$250,075,7680.27%
Internet Content & Information5$249,735,1550.27%
Scientific & Technical Instruments8$248,487,3190.27%
Health Information Services10$236,414,5930.26%
Electronic Components3$207,920,3450.22%
Leisure4$198,923,4420.22%
Software—Infrastructure4$152,366,2800.16%
Beverages—Wineries & Distilleries2$130,206,4380.14%
Home Improvement Retail1$119,461,4400.13%
Metal Fabrication3$106,871,9380.12%
Insurance—Life1$95,247,6000.10%
Beverages—Non-Alcoholic4$89,151,9500.10%
Credit Services2$85,591,5210.09%
Information Technology Services7$84,157,7340.09%
Pharmaceutical Retailers3$83,879,5850.09%
Capital Markets7$82,311,5140.09%
Electronics & Computer Distribution1$77,792,0000.08%
Electrical Equipment & Parts7$71,531,6360.08%
Oil & Gas E&P9$69,920,9080.08%
Medical Instruments & Supplies3$55,797,0260.06%
Utilities—Renewable5$52,654,4560.06%
Real Estate Services2$50,697,1810.05%
Asset Management3$50,213,7850.05%
Apparel Retail2$50,094,1460.05%
Computer Hardware2$48,246,5060.05%
Specialty Retail4$46,371,7400.05%
Utilities—Regulated Electric1$44,818,0400.05%
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services6$37,674,7760.04%
Diagnostics & Research3$34,507,9560.04%
Chemicals1$32,403,4200.04%
Building Materials1$30,540,3000.03%
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials2$29,574,2200.03%
Real Estate—Diversified3$29,242,3700.03%
Solar3$29,105,6520.03%
Insurance Brokers1$27,928,6700.03%
Specialty Industrial Machinery4$26,809,8440.03%
Farm Products2$25,103,8800.03%
Consumer Electronics2$24,271,9500.03%
Consulting Services5$22,718,6920.02%
Restaurants3$22,596,4600.02%
Farm & Heavy Construction Machinery3$22,473,0200.02%
Semiconductors1$21,117,8990.02%
Industrial Distribution3$21,033,4590.02%
Auto Parts4$17,781,6930.02%
Other Precious Metals & Mining3$17,075,1300.02%
Thermal Coal2$16,413,0400.02%
Healthcare Plans1$15,872,0000.02%
Security & Protection Services2$15,400,6000.02%
Oil & Gas Integrated1$15,086,0000.02%
Furnishings, Fixtures & Appliances1$12,487,0100.01%
Engineering & Construction2$12,102,4640.01%
Staffing & Employment Services1$11,840,1240.01%
Real Estate—Development1$10,264,4640.01%
Waste Management2$10,013,0400.01%
Education & Training Services2$9,957,7500.01%
Financial Data & Stock Exchanges1$9,952,5580.01%
Residential Construction1$8,366,2320.01%
Electronic Gaming & Multimedia1$7,939,5960.01%
Other3$7,812,3460.01%
Footwear & Accessories2$7,706,7210.01%
REIT—Mortgage1$7,470,3850.01%
Paper & Paper Products1$6,568,7330.01%
Medical Distribution1$5,393,3460.01%
1$5,231,5200.01%
Textile Manufacturing1$4,669,7750.01%
Airports & Air Services1$3,726,4140.00%
Specialty Business Services1$3,394,0480.00%
Agricultural Inputs2$3,393,8200.00%
Internet Retail1$2,999,7100.00%
Silver1$2,922,5600.00%
Auto Manufacturers1$2,062,0600.00%
Travel Services1$1,448,8740.00%
Oil & Gas Midstream1$00.00%
Total443$92,501,436,346100.00%


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