OTC Markets Newsletter
OTC Markets Group News           SEPTEMBER 2015
Finding Opportunity in Volatile Markets

Recent volatility and sell-offs in global equities creates opportunities for intelligent investors.

For contrarians, market volatility and pessimism is an opportunity to retrench to more familiar, stable names at attractive valuations. OTC Markets Group’s OTCQX Billion+ Index (.OTCQXBIL) is a benchmark for $1 billion-plus market cap companies traded on the OTCQX® Best Market. Not only are these large, global issuers better positioned to weather a downturn than less well-capitalized companies, they have met high OTCQX financial and disclosure standards and third-party sponsorship indicating their commitment to providing a transparent market for their U.S. investors.

There are currently 71 companies in the OTCQX Billion+ Index from 19 countries. Below is a list of the most actively-traded components year-to-date. For a full constituent list, click here.

Most Active OTCQX Billion+ Companies by $ Volume

Company Name Symbol Market Cap ($BN) YTD $ Volume ($BN)
Roche Holding Ltd. RHHBY $223.09 $9.15
Danone DANOY $39.17 $1.74
BG Group Plc BRGYY $50.89 $1.60
Volkswagen AG VLKAY $53.93 $1.48
Allianz SE AZSEY $70.01 $1.31

The recent market turmoil is also a chance to bargain shop in out-of-favor sectors. With commodity prices down, many energy and mining stocks have been trading at multi-year lows. For risk-tolerant investors, that signals a cheap buying opportunity.

Fortunately, our markets are home to more than 1,200 oil and gas, metals and mining companies, many of which could provide attractive opportunities for shrewd investors. Below are lists of the largest resource companies on our OTCQX Best and OTCQB® Venture Markets today.

Top OTCQX Resource Companies by Market Cap

Company Symbol Country Market Cap ($BN)
BG Group Plc BRGYY UK $50.89
E.ON SE EONGY Germany $16.59
Repsol S.A. REPYY Spain $15.62
Gazprom Neft GZPFY Russia $10.44
K Plus S AG KPLUY Germany $6.81

Top OTCQB Resource Companies by Market Cap

Company Name Symbol Country Market Cap ($BN)
Royale Globe Holding Inc ROGP Malaysia $5.48
Chesapeake Energy Corp. CHKDP USA $4.58
Gold Reserve, Inc. GDRZF USA $0.19
Eos Petro, Inc. EOPT USA $0.19
Royal Energy Resources, Inc. ROYE USA $0.18

Just remember: whether markets are up or down, there is opportunity – if you know where to look and do your research. Check out the nearly 1,400 companies on our OTCQX and OTCQB markets for a list of some of our most attractive issuers. Simply visit our Stock Screener here.

Good luck and happy hunting!

#FindItHereFirst @OTCMarkets
OTCQX VIRTUAL INVESTOR CONFERENCE
Virtual Investor Conference for OTCQX Life Sciences Companies - Oct. 1

OTC Markets Group in partnership with VirtualInvestorConferences.com, a cooperative venture of PR Newswire and Better Investing™ will host the second in a series of online investor conferences for companies traded on the OTCQX Best Market.

The conference will take place on October 1 beginning at 9:15 AM ET at www.VirtualInvestorConferences.com and will feature live webcast presentations by senior executives from seven OTCQX-traded life sciences companies as they showcase their investment stories and answer questions from investors. Investors will be able to interact directly with the presenters and other participants, as well as watch pre-recorded materials, download annual reports, investor kits, surveys and other information from a virtual "exhibit hall." Archived webcasts will also be available at www.VirtualInvestorConferences.com after the event.

Agenda of presentations on October 1 (times in EDT):

Time Company Symbol
9:15 a.m. Opsens OTCQX: OPSSF
10:00 a.m. DelMar Pharmaceuticals OTCQX: DMPI
10:45 a.m. Medifocus, Inc. OTCQX: MDFZF
11:30 a.m. Amarantus Bioscience Holdings, Inc. OTCQX: AMBS
12:15 p.m. Starpharma Holdings Limited OTCQX: SPHRY
1:00 p.m. CohBar, Inc. OTCQX: CWBR
1:45 p.m. ChromaDex Corp. OTCQX: CDXC

Investors interested in registering for the event or for more information can visit http://virtualinvestorconferences.com/agenda-oct2015.html. There is no fee for investors to register, attend the live presentations and ask questions.
COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT
[photo]Bruce Boytim, COO of Pico

This month, we speak with Bruce Boytim, COO of financial technology services firm Pico. Pico provides OTC Markets real-time Level 1 and Level 2 market data to a range of clients, including broker-dealers, hedge funds, asset managers, banks and technology vendors. Mr. Boytim talks to us about growth and innovation in the financial market data industry and at the firm, which was founded in 2009.

OTC Markets Group (OTCM): Tell us about Pico. What do you do?

Bruce Boytim: Pico is a financial technology services firm established under the business principles of providing distinguished products and services, delivering innovative and pragmatic technology solutions, plus offering significant market structure and regulatory expertise.

Pico’s client base encompasses a full spectrum of market participants; proprietary trading groups, market makers, asset managers, banks, broker dealers, hedge funds, technology vendors, and liquidity venues. Since our founding in 2009, we have grown to include over 90 employees, 4 offices, 14 data centers and solutions across asset classes.

Pico provides a wide range of technology solutions including:

Hosting and Managed Infrastructure Network connectivity
Market Data Solutions Consulting and Advisory Services
Risk Management Software Regulatory Reporting

Click to read more.

OTCM: Pico provides OTC Markets’ real-time Level 1 and Level 2 market data via direct feed, normalized feed and via an API. What demand do you see among your customers for real-time data on OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink securities?

Mr. Boytim: Our clients continue to look for direct delivery of market data across asset classes, including OTC Markets. Pico’s diversity of delivery options allows OTC Market clients flexible access to these feeds.

OTCM: The financial market data industry is a competitive market. What makes Pico different?

Mr. Boytim: The extreme volumes and volatility across the global markets in recent weeks have further highlighted the critical demand and reliance on market data. The market data industry is indeed highly competitive for those who provide the data as well as firms who facilitate data delivery and management.

Pico provides raw and normalized market data across asset classes for both real-time and historical needs. We believe our differentiator is our continued focus on providing innovative data solutions which provide clients greater access to all types of data. Our solutions focus on stability, scale, redundancy, and throughput for both real-time and historical market data.

OTCM: Pico has been on a tremendous growth trajectory in the past several years expanding its headcount, footprint and adding new products and offerings. What is the growth plan for the company?

Mr. Boytim: We have been very fortunate and are very grateful to our clients and partners for our continued success and growth over the last several years. Our growth plan remains focused on scaling the firm and solutions for the next several years. We see tremendous opportunity in managed services, data, and connectivity across all asset classes in both North America and Europe. We recently expanded European operations with the opening of our London, UK office earlier this year. We also continue to grow our consulting and advisory services with engagements ranging from market data development to datacenter design and strategy.

OTCM: What else do you want the OTC Markets community to know about Pico?

Mr. Boytim: We sincerely appreciate the collaboration that we have built with OTC Markets as well as all our marketplace partners. While we are excited for growth, our most important focus remains on our commitment to providing clients with the highest quality of service.

About Pico
Pico is a group of affiliated companies that offer premium technology hosting and managed services, specializing in trading technology. Pico has space in all of the major U.S. and Canadian financial colocation facilities and is expanding into Europe. Pico clients have the ability to connect to over 30 exchanges and to over 120 venues. Specifically, Pico Quantitative Trading LLC is an agency-only U.S. broker-dealer that specializes in providing services to multi-asset electronic trading clients, and is a member of FINRA, SIPC and the NFA. Pico Consulting is the consulting division of SpryWare, LLC. To learn more, visit: picotrading.com.

This information should not be construed as a recommendation or offer to buy or sell a financial instrument, any investment products or other financial product or service, nor should it be interpreted to provide investment advice.

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Light Up The Market
[photo]
New OTCQX company J Sainsbury Plc
(LSE: SBRY; OTCQX: JSAIY)
Lights up the Market!


Follow us on Twitter at @OTCMarkets to keep up with OTCQX companies Lighting Up Their Market.

OTCQX companies Light up the Market to celebrate joining our Best Market!

Levon Resources Ltd. (TSX: LVN; OTCQX: LVVNF)
Nano Dimension (TASE: NNDM; OTCQX: NNDMY)
Newmarket Gold Inc. (TSX: NMI; OTCQX: NMKTF)
Repro Med Systems (OTCQX: REPR)
Terra Tech Corp (OTCQX: TRTC)

Monthly Trade Summary

August 2015

Market Designations # of Securities* Monthly Dollar Volume Monthly Dollar Volume
per Security
YTD Dollar Volume
OTCQX® 415 $2,915,192,071 $7,024,559 $27,354,308,024
OTCQB® 1,037 $931,115,062 $897,893 $16,342,527,251
OTC Pink® 8,441 $10,631,958,778 $1,259,562 $94,846,896,537
Totals 9,893 $14,478,265,911 $1,463,486 $138,543,731,812
*Data as of August 31, 2015
Events, Webinars & Sponsorships
News
PR Newswire and OTC Markets No Blank Screens Event - Tel Aviv, Israel (November 29, 2015)

IR Society’s Best Practice Awards Dinner - London (November 24, 2015)

9th Annual DRIC Indian Sub-Continent Conference - Kochi, India (November 19, 2015)

Take Stock! Conference - Calgary, Canada (November 6, 2015)

Global Alternative Funding Forum - Los Angeles, CA (November 6, 2105)

OTCQX Senior Executive and Issuers Forum - Calgary, Canada (November 5, 2015)

Regulation A+ Roundtable with McCarter & English, CohnReznick and OTC Markets Group - New York, NY (October 20, 2015)

iGlobal Forum’s Reg A+ Mini-IPO Summit - New York, NY (October 15, 2015)

Regulation A+ Practical Tips and Guidance for Launching a Mini-IPO - Webinar (October 13, 2015)

CSE Day New York 2015 - New York, NY (October 7, 2015)

Virtual Investor Conference for OTCQX Life Science Companies - Webcast (October 1, 2015)

82nd Annual Market Structure Conference - Washington, D.C. (September 30 - October 2, 2015)

Contact us if you are interested in meeting us at one of these events.



View recordings from our recent webinars

IR Best Practices for Entrepreneurial & Development Stage Companies: Targeting and Communicating with Investors

Value of Share Price Transparency & Liquidity in an M&A Context with Banks Street Partners
Yes Virginia, You can Successfully Trade the OTC - Equities.com (September 21, 2015)

Levon Resources qualifies to trade on OTCQX - Bloomberg.com (September 21, 2015)

PCB 3D printer manufacturer Nano Dimension approved to trade on OTCQX market - 3ders.org (September 17, 2015)

Sainsbury eyes US investors with OTCQX listing - IR Magazine online (September 16, 2015)

OTC Markets Group Welcomes J Sainsbury Plc to OTCQX - press release (September 15, 2015)

Early-stage companies fair better on the OTCQB than S&P 500 during these turbulent days - New York Business Journal (August 28, 2015)

NexGen Energy commences trading on OTCQX market - SNL Financial (August 25, 2015) (subscription required)
MARKET DATA UPDATES
Market Data Feed Redundancy Initiative

OTC Markets Group is launching a new market data feed redundancy initiative. This initiative will mitigate the risk associated with a hardware or application server failure in both of our data centers.

As part of this redundancy initiative, we will be advertising a new set of IPs, Groups and Ports for our multicast data feeds. The new IPs, Groups and Ports may be found here. The two sets of routes (current and new) will run in parallel until October 16, 2015.

Contact Market Data Services at marketdata@otcmarkets.com for more information.
REGULATION & COMPLIANCE
T+2 Settlement Plans for the Equity Markets

In 1995, the U.S. equity settlement cycle was reduced from T+5 to T +3 to help reduce risk between trading counter parties. In 2014, DTCC recommended a move from T+3 to T+2 as a preliminary step toward T+1 settlement. The stated expectation is that the additional shortening of the settlement cycle in the U.S. will further reduce counterparty risk, decrease clearing capital requirements, reduce liquidity demands, and harmonize with other global market reduced settlement practices. The current proposal is to implement T+2 settlement in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2017. Read more about the proposed T+2 Settlement Plan here. View an informational White paper here.

Financial Service Industry Regulators continue to focus on Cyber Security

The SEC examination staff has recently reiterated its focus on cybersecurity examinations with the intent to focus on governance/risk assessment, access rights /controls, data loss prevention, vendor management, training, and incident response. Read about the SEC’s 2015 Cybersecurity Examination Initiative here.
OTCQX AND OTCQB GRADUATIONS
Congratulations to the latest company to graduate from our markets to a U.S. exchange listing.

CRH Medical Corp. (NYSE MKT: CRHM)
OTCQX AND OTCQB NEW ADDITIONS
OTCQB
8 companies qualified for the OTCQX Best Market in August.

ASM International N.V. (OTCQX: ASMIY)
Bionik Laboratories Corp. (OTCQX: BNKL)
First Menasha Bancshares Inc. (OTCQX: FMBJ)
Grand Perfecta, Inc. (OTCQX: GPIW)

Nexgen Energy Ltd. (OTCQX: NXGEF)
Paringa Resources Limited (OTCQX: PNGZF)
Prime Meridian Holding Co. (OTCQX: PMHG)
Village Farms International Inc. (OTCQX: VFFIF)
A complete list of OTCQX companies is available on www.otcmarkets.com.


OTCQB
11 companies were verified to trade on the OTCQB Venture Market in August.

AB INTL Group Corp. (OTCQB: ABQQ)
ABCO Energy, Inc. (OTCQB: ABCE)
Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQB: AQSZF)
Ameri Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: AMRH)
Black Stallion Oil & Gas Inc. (OTCQB: BLKG)
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTCQB: CNBX)
CSA Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: CSAX)
First Choice Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: FCHS)
First Home Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: FHBI)
Geospatial Corporation (OTCQB: GSPH)
PCS Edventures!.com, Inc. (OTCQB: PCSV)

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