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 cap4$110,385,844,02963.12%
Micro cap991$38,439,770,83921.98%
Small cap36$23,313,965,98413.33%
Mid cap1$2,740,365,5281.57%
Unknown10$00.00%
Total1,042$174,879,946,380100.00%

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 stocks1,033$174,190,137,60699.61%
ADRs8$683,304,7740.39%
Units1$6,504,0000.00%
Total1,042$174,879,946,380100.00%

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 stocks365$133,518,756,54776.65%
Foreign common stocks668$40,671,381,05923.35%
Total1,033$174,190,137,606100.00%

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

CountrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
USA366$133,525,260,54776.35%
Canada567$25,162,361,15314.39%
Australia42$7,623,539,0554.36%
Thailand1$2,740,365,5281.57%
Taiwan2$1,136,075,8780.65%
United Kingdom13$804,220,0890.46%
Brazil2$704,092,3450.40%
Norway5$616,751,4560.35%
Hong Kong5$544,325,0170.31%
China15$518,402,7520.30%
Switzerland2$413,688,0730.24%
The Netherlands1$335,402,6640.19%
Israel7$215,857,7970.12%
Malaysia5$208,605,3270.12%
South Africa1$131,320,0560.08%
British Virgin Islands2$92,741,3120.05%
Bahamas1$38,259,0300.02%
Sweden1$28,032,3790.02%
Jersey1$19,158,8480.01%
Mexico1$13,283,7690.01%
Germany1$5,718,7790.00%
Singapore1$2,484,5260.00%
Total1,042$174,879,946,380100.00%

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 cap552$19,179,144,36376.22%
Small cap11$5,983,216,79023.78%
Unknown4$00.00%
Total567$25,162,361,153100.00%

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%
519$18,826,050,79674.82%
TSX Venture Exchange27$3,492,831,51313.88%
Toronto Stock Exchange7$2,028,372,6158.06%
Canadian Securities Exchange14$815,106,2293.24%
Total567$25,162,361,153100.00%

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 cap4$110,385,844,02982.67%
Micro cap345$13,524,970,09210.13%
Small cap14$9,614,446,4267.20%
Unknown3$00.00%
Total366$133,525,260,547100.00%

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

IndustrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Entertainment4$60,638,730,93645.41%
Broadcasting1$28,608,451,53221.43%
75$23,787,643,54317.82%
Biotechnology28$3,170,867,9712.37%
Banks-Regional21$2,496,222,4251.87%
Mortgage Finance2$1,707,257,9591.28%
Other Industrial Metals & Mining8$1,359,213,9661.02%
Semiconductors2$1,215,064,0450.91%
Medical Devices14$903,414,0280.68%
Software—Application14$811,978,0470.61%
Drug Manufacturers—Specialty & Generic26$699,479,7530.52%
Gold7$485,509,4660.36%
Electrical Equipment & Parts5$456,126,0410.34%
Aerospace & Defense5$435,202,2390.33%
Health Information Services7$429,733,7840.32%
Utilities—Regulated Water2$395,661,6620.30%
Leisure4$366,375,4470.27%
Conglomerates2$360,313,0510.27%
Electronic Components1$344,309,4280.26%
Information Technology Services6$315,995,7230.24%
Insurance—Diversified1$272,635,7110.20%
Specialty Chemicals4$250,453,1090.19%
Beverages—Wineries & Distilleries2$237,651,0670.18%
Medical Care Facilities4$235,864,9990.18%
Telecom Services6$230,159,1000.17%
Scientific & Technical Instruments6$226,964,7470.17%
Farm Products2$217,727,5700.16%
Software—Infrastructure5$215,716,5680.16%
Pollution & Treatment Controls3$188,021,3930.14%
Shell Companies3$173,084,0860.13%
Utilities—Renewable2$157,408,8350.12%
Beverages—Non-Alcoholic2$141,666,7850.11%
Metal Fabrication2$140,558,8770.11%
Real Estate Services1$136,865,6040.10%
Advertising Agencies4$135,670,5430.10%
Oil & Gas E&P4$124,442,3710.09%
Apparel Retail1$102,992,8880.08%
Auto Parts3$92,666,7140.07%
Packaged Foods4$88,409,3940.07%
Specialty Retail3$88,083,1970.07%
Building Materials1$82,011,7970.06%
Consulting Services6$80,516,5280.06%
Communication Equipment2$70,965,6640.05%
Capital Markets5$69,108,1570.05%
Household & Personal Products5$66,765,0440.05%
Specialty Business Services3$63,233,4010.05%
Industrial Distribution3$53,160,2600.04%
Other Precious Metals & Mining3$51,365,1050.04%
Chemicals1$44,472,7010.03%
Restaurants2$30,569,5370.02%
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services3$29,780,9580.02%
Engineering & Construction2$28,872,3260.02%
Specialty Industrial Machinery2$28,816,8880.02%
Furnishings, Fixtures & Appliances1$28,514,3980.02%
Computer Hardware1$25,228,5750.02%
Real Estate—Development1$24,751,9290.02%
Medical Instruments & Supplies1$22,314,5600.02%
Other1$21,068,6000.02%
Farm & Heavy Construction Machinery2$20,920,5260.02%
REIT—Mortgage1$19,428,1000.01%
Food Distribution1$17,982,6630.01%
Diagnostics & Research2$17,970,9080.01%
Pharmaceutical Retailers1$17,215,1750.01%
Financial Data & Stock Exchanges1$17,190,7810.01%
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials1$16,879,6800.01%
Electronic Gaming & Multimedia1$15,451,6820.01%
Residential Construction1$13,097,2390.01%
Waste Management1$13,041,7510.01%
Asset Management1$11,673,6560.01%
Healthcare Plans1$11,520,0000.01%
Consumer Electronics2$11,054,3240.01%
Real Estate—Diversified1$10,737,3620.01%
Oil & Gas Midstream1$8,673,6290.01%
Silver1$6,828,2320.01%
Footwear & Accessories1$6,802,3250.01%
Education & Training Services2$6,229,4130.00%
Textile Manufacturing1$5,937,6030.00%
Internet Content & Information1$4,584,6310.00%
Airports & Air Services1$2,880,8160.00%
Travel Services1$2,531,7750.00%
Security & Protection Services1$517,2440.00%
Total366$133,525,260,547100.00%


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