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$83,265,232,39954.32%
Micro cap855$38,186,271,94224.91%
Small cap34$24,962,814,92216.28%
Mid cap3$6,883,718,5614.49%
Unknown6$00.00%
Total901$153,298,037,824100.00%

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 stocks893$152,737,812,95799.63%
ADRs7$554,856,8670.36%
Units1$5,368,0000.00%
Total901$153,298,037,824100.00%

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 stocks370$111,162,162,70472.78%
Foreign common stocks523$41,575,650,25327.22%
Total893$152,737,812,957100.00%

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

CountrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
USA371$111,167,530,70472.52%
Canada445$30,008,452,39819.58%
Australia27$5,175,733,6183.38%
China13$2,114,404,9601.38%
United Kingdom11$1,349,044,0020.88%
Israel8$673,983,0880.44%
Switzerland2$567,745,0210.37%
Norway3$461,180,6330.30%
Hong Kong3$429,189,7170.28%
Brazil2$386,813,5820.25%
Malaysia5$347,752,8310.23%
The Netherlands1$295,723,3310.19%
South Africa1$103,358,2780.07%
Thailand1$80,612,4220.05%
Bahamas1$39,544,1580.03%
Jersey1$30,538,9150.02%
Sweden1$29,106,0910.02%
British Virgin Islands1$14,857,7510.01%
Mexico1$14,509,9630.01%
Germany1$4,553,0230.00%
Singapore1$3,011,5470.00%
Taiwan1$391,7910.00%
Total901$153,298,037,824100.00%

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 cap430$17,957,527,88559.84%
Small cap11$7,807,645,60526.02%
Mid cap2$4,243,278,90814.14%
Unknown2$00.00%
Total445$30,008,452,398100.00%

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%
390$15,835,720,65552.77%
TSX Venture Exchange29$4,772,698,17715.90%
Canadian Securities Exchange16$4,134,765,33113.78%
Toronto Stock Exchange9$3,235,040,42710.78%
Aequitas NEO Exchange (Lit Book)1$2,030,227,8086.77%
Total445$30,008,452,398100.00%

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$83,265,232,39974.90%
Micro cap352$15,378,187,80413.83%
Small cap13$9,883,670,8488.89%
Mid cap1$2,640,439,6532.38%
Unknown2$00.00%
Total371$111,167,530,704100.00%

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

IndustrySecurity CountTotal Market Cap%
Entertainment4$57,136,834,18351.40%
Broadcasting1$26,494,854,10623.83%
Mortgage Finance2$4,120,300,2253.71%
Biotechnology32$3,467,842,9353.12%
Banks-Regional20$2,510,536,6642.26%
Other Industrial Metals & Mining8$1,816,402,0331.63%
Medical Devices18$1,316,306,0231.18%
Software—Application16$1,016,630,3150.91%
45$890,651,3900.80%
Information Technology Services6$728,001,6620.65%
Drug Manufacturers—Specialty & Generic24$727,792,7210.65%
Gold8$595,197,3460.54%
Semiconductors2$543,346,4000.49%
Scientific & Technical Instruments8$530,627,4980.48%
Farm Products3$475,245,4890.43%
Electronic Components1$457,598,4040.41%
Electrical Equipment & Parts5$448,083,6770.40%
Utilities—Regulated Water2$431,354,6370.39%
Software—Infrastructure6$399,312,0300.36%
Conglomerates2$379,899,4050.34%
Health Information Services7$371,921,4000.33%
Shell Companies4$349,421,5830.31%
Insurance—Diversified1$289,159,0870.26%
Tobacco1$266,214,2150.24%
Telecom Services6$262,936,4030.24%
Specialty Chemicals4$247,623,3070.22%
Pollution & Treatment Controls3$234,370,1010.21%
Medical Care Facilities4$224,118,6860.20%
Computer Hardware3$224,055,1980.20%
Beverages—Wineries & Distilleries2$223,588,9570.20%
Utilities—Renewable4$222,701,7340.20%
Oil & Gas E&P5$218,060,6610.20%
Aerospace & Defense4$211,036,1300.19%
Leisure4$203,943,1620.18%
Semiconductor Equipment & Materials2$191,806,1570.17%
Real Estate Services1$182,487,4720.16%
Packaged Foods5$175,153,7020.16%
Communication Equipment3$174,849,8560.16%
Food Distribution2$151,090,9240.14%
Capital Markets6$133,210,3680.12%
Security & Protection Services2$123,346,2410.11%
Beverages—Non-Alcoholic2$117,713,5000.11%
Advertising Agencies4$116,628,6730.10%
Home Improvement Retail1$110,192,9960.10%
Internet Content & Information3$103,125,7470.09%
Metal Fabrication2$102,867,1120.09%
Apparel Retail2$99,241,0490.09%
Grocery Stores1$97,306,6100.09%
Asset Management3$87,230,2670.08%
Auto Parts3$84,406,7080.08%
Consulting Services5$83,907,9090.08%
Airlines1$83,616,2610.08%
Household & Personal Products5$81,108,2900.07%
Specialty Retail3$79,713,4760.07%
Industrial Distribution3$65,597,6420.06%
Building Materials1$50,836,0860.05%
Chemicals1$42,920,3220.04%
Other3$42,054,9700.04%
Staffing & Employment Services1$40,843,0200.04%
Restaurants2$40,309,8770.04%
Real Estate—Development1$33,436,6430.03%
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services3$33,226,8200.03%
Specialty Business Services2$32,350,6040.03%
Engineering & Construction2$32,070,4280.03%
Other Precious Metals & Mining3$28,575,5790.03%
Pharmaceutical Retailers1$27,565,0840.02%
Farm & Heavy Construction Machinery2$23,683,6890.02%
Specialty Industrial Machinery3$23,676,2290.02%
Medical Instruments & Supplies1$22,580,2090.02%
Diagnostics & Research2$21,707,9860.02%
REIT—Mortgage1$19,734,5440.02%
Waste Management1$19,252,1080.02%
Electronic Gaming & Multimedia1$17,002,6420.02%
Furnishings, Fixtures & Appliances1$16,508,3360.01%
Financial Data & Stock Exchanges1$15,471,7030.01%
Healthcare Plans1$14,144,0000.01%
Residential Construction1$13,111,0900.01%
Utilities—Regulated Electric1$12,902,6860.01%
Consumer Electronics2$11,773,6060.01%
Oil & Gas Midstream1$11,210,4800.01%
Footwear & Accessories1$9,138,6550.01%
Education & Training Services2$9,055,6240.01%
Real Estate—Diversified1$7,320,9290.01%
Silver1$5,263,9460.00%
Textile Manufacturing1$3,697,6690.00%
Travel Services1$3,077,4300.00%
Airports & Air Services1$2,458,9830.00%
Total371$111,167,530,704100.00%


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