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$63,165,969,04356.83%
Micro cap830$23,399,495,09121.05%
Mid cap3$13,324,526,96611.99%
Small cap17$11,249,385,84410.12%
Unknown2$00.00%
Total855$111,139,376,944100.00%

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 stocks851$111,037,500,81799.91%
ADRs4$101,876,1270.09%
Total855$111,139,376,944100.00%

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 stocks438$94,811,190,00685.39%
Foreign common stocks413$16,226,310,81114.61%
Total851$111,037,500,817100.00%

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

CountrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
USA438$94,811,190,00685.31%
Canada341$9,667,722,1818.70%
China20$3,851,073,6293.47%
Australia19$1,499,519,3641.35%
Israel7$268,714,7880.24%
Norway2$201,102,9800.18%
Brazil1$135,038,0500.12%
The Netherlands2$120,152,1900.11%
Taiwan1$111,184,5000.10%
United Kingdom5$88,611,9210.08%
Hong Kong4$85,886,7600.08%
Thailand1$80,612,0000.07%
Mexico2$78,291,1440.07%
Bahamas1$46,367,7390.04%
South Africa1$29,628,5000.03%
Sweden1$23,033,1850.02%
Switzerland1$15,187,9000.01%
Malaysia3$9,579,8640.01%
Germany2$8,554,5650.01%
Sri Lanka1$4,742,8010.00%
Singapore1$2,168,6610.00%
Indonesia1$1,014,2160.00%
Total855$111,139,376,944100.00%

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 cap339$8,894,230,20192.00%
Small cap2$773,491,9808.00%
Total341$9,667,722,181100.00%

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%
314$6,794,319,48370.28%
TSX Venture Exchange15$1,567,710,78416.22%
Toronto Stock Exchange9$822,616,6828.51%
Canadian Securities Exchange3$483,075,2325.00%
Total341$9,667,722,181100.00%

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$63,165,969,04366.62%
Mid cap3$13,324,526,96614.05%
Micro cap420$11,721,458,09312.36%
Small cap10$6,599,235,9046.96%
Unknown2$00.00%
Total438$94,811,190,006100.00%

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

IndustrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Entertainment4$41,887,083,67144.18%
Broadcasting2$21,676,065,66222.86%
Telecom Services11$9,103,506,6449.60%
Biotechnology47$4,059,066,2434.28%
Mortgage Finance2$3,617,117,4703.82%
Shell Companies4$2,540,559,6512.68%
Banks—Regional19$1,807,800,5211.91%
Medical Devices19$747,098,8180.79%
Software—Application23$694,848,3690.73%
Drug Manufacturers—Specialty & Generic36$649,575,9360.69%
Communication Equipment7$501,836,1060.53%
Medical Care Facilities6$458,913,7760.48%
Internet Content & Information5$410,231,3000.43%
Gold10$390,756,1350.41%
Aerospace & Defense9$379,161,3660.40%
Utilities—Regulated Water2$372,766,6260.39%
Advertising Agencies4$358,592,6200.38%
Household & Personal Products6$302,022,5500.32%
Health Information Services10$280,955,6150.30%
Other Industrial Metals & Mining11$268,770,6750.28%
Scientific & Technical Instruments8$250,556,1030.26%
Specialty Chemicals7$249,143,6240.26%
Insurance—Life1$245,080,8000.26%
Food Distribution4$238,538,1680.25%
Packaged Foods7$206,999,3330.22%
Pollution & Treatment Controls6$206,245,3430.22%
Software—Infrastructure5$191,417,3830.20%
Leisure4$175,526,6270.19%
Metal Fabrication3$170,790,4360.18%
Electronic Components3$155,380,5360.16%
Building Materials1$140,426,2200.15%
Pharmaceutical Retailers3$134,369,1080.14%
Beverages—Wineries & Distilleries2$123,023,0500.13%
Home Improvement Retail1$101,954,1600.11%
Information Technology Services7$95,122,6050.10%
Electronics & Computer Distribution1$93,933,8400.10%
Computer Hardware2$88,567,2230.09%
Beverages—Non-Alcoholic4$78,732,6340.08%
Specialty Retail5$74,999,7570.08%
Medical Instruments & Supplies3$74,823,7680.08%
Oil & Gas E&P9$74,302,2970.08%
Farm Products2$72,099,9700.08%
Credit Services2$70,534,9710.07%
Conglomerates2$65,515,1020.07%
Apparel Retail2$60,638,3000.06%
Real Estate Services2$50,995,7800.05%
Utilities—Regulated Electric1$46,058,8150.05%
Electrical Equipment & Parts6$42,374,6650.04%
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials2$42,304,8380.04%
Utilities—Renewable5$40,520,3660.04%
Asset Management3$39,770,5690.04%
Real Estate—Diversified3$38,580,6650.04%
Other Precious Metals & Mining3$33,636,8240.04%
Chemicals1$32,034,4500.03%
Specialty Industrial Machinery4$31,438,4800.03%
Diagnostics & Research3$29,198,2710.03%
Consumer Electronics2$27,386,9200.03%
Capital Markets6$27,071,2290.03%
Restaurants3$25,138,5840.03%
Solar3$25,013,4040.03%
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services6$24,063,8290.03%
Industrial Distribution3$21,768,2180.02%
Farm & Heavy Construction Machinery3$19,236,3000.02%
Semiconductors1$18,803,6590.02%
Auto Parts4$18,560,5160.02%
Consulting Services5$18,413,1740.02%
Insurance Brokers1$17,639,1600.02%
Engineering & Construction2$15,323,4200.02%
Security & Protection Services2$12,948,8700.01%
Healthcare Plans1$12,800,0000.01%
1$11,812,8300.01%
Real Estate—Development1$11,802,0630.01%
Electronic Gaming & Multimedia1$11,603,4310.01%
REIT—Mortgage1$11,322,3020.01%
Thermal Coal2$10,320,8300.01%
Waste Management2$10,110,7520.01%
Furnishings, Fixtures & Appliances1$9,550,1380.01%
Staffing & Employment Services1$8,210,4160.01%
Education & Training Services2$8,035,9750.01%
Other3$7,484,5940.01%
Financial Data & Stock Exchanges1$7,238,2240.01%
Residential Construction1$7,171,0560.01%
Oil & Gas Integrated1$5,657,2500.01%
Medical Distribution1$5,393,3460.01%
Specialty Business Services1$5,217,8640.01%
Textile Manufacturing1$4,109,6120.00%
Footwear & Accessories2$3,975,0000.00%
Agricultural Inputs2$3,963,7900.00%
Airports & Air Services1$2,252,2280.00%
Silver1$2,191,9200.00%
Auto Manufacturers1$2,062,0600.00%
Paper & Paper Products1$1,953,5040.00%
Internet Retail1$1,769,8290.00%
Travel Services1$1,448,8740.00%
Oil & Gas Midstream1$00.00%
Total438$94,811,190,006100.00%


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