The Most Represented Industries On OTCQX
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The U.S. equities universe is a lot larger than most people realize. While there are over 6,000 stocks that trade on the NYSE and Nasdaq—the two largest U.S. exchanges—U.S. investors actually have access to over 10,000 securities via OTC Markets.
A little under half of those securities represent international companies. Within the top tier of OTC Markets specifically—the OTCQX Best Market, which requires the most financial disclosures—there are over 470 securities. And while there are indexes that help track the market, it’s also worth knowing which industries are most represented.
These are the industries that OTC Markets Groups’ OTCQX Market tier provides the most exposure:
1) Banks and Financial Institutions
Of the over 470 securities on OTCQX, 103 are in the financial sector. This 21% weighting is above the 12% that the S&P 500 devotes to the sector.
The majority of these securities represent regional and community banks, such as Revere Bank (OTCQX:REVB) and High Country Bancorp (OTCQX:HCBC), but major international institutions like BNP Paribas (OTCQX:BNPQF) and Zurich Insurance Group (OTCQX:ZURVY) also trade on this market.
The OTCQX Banks Index tracks 65 of these securities and is one of the top-performing OTC Markets’ indices of the year.
2) Metals & Mining
There are 96 material companies on OTCQX, making it the second most heavily weighted sector. The 20% weighting of materials on OTCQX is about 5x the exposure that the S&P 500 provides to this sector.
Most of these companies are involved with the mining and production of precious metals (including gold, silver, and copper) and have operations in foreign countries, such as Canada’s Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (OTCQX:FSUGY, FSUMF)) and Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (OTCQX:IMPUY).
Though there are 29 securities on the new OTCQX Cannabis Index, there are actually 41 securities on the market that have exposure to cannabis (compared to only 15 that list on an exchange).
This group includes any company with operations along the supply chain of cannabis-related products, from the cultivation of hemp to the development of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.
4) Oil & Gas
With 33 securities, oil & gas is the fourth most heavily weighted industry on the OTCQX Market. The 6% weighting is closely in-line with energy’s weighting in the S&P 500, which has fallen below 5% due to the sector’s underperformance in 2019.
5) Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
There are 22 securities on OTCQX specific to the healthcare sector (not including cannabis-related companies). This 4% weighting is below the S&P 500’s 14% weighting of the sector.
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