NEW YORK, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The OTCM ADR Index powered by BNY Mellon DR IndicesSM (Bloomberg/Reuters: OTCDR; Thomson: DFCDR), the only index exclusively tracking American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) trading on the OTCQX®, OTCQB® and OTC Pink® marketplaces, rose 5.3% in the fourth quarter 2013, reflecting a slight increase in the value of component ADRs traded last quarter. The Index closed up 18.7% for the full year 2013.
"We are pleased with the performance of the OTCM ADR Index for the year," said R. Cromwell Coulson, President and CEO of OTC Markets Group. "U.S. investors continue to use ADRs as an efficient vehicle to invest internationally. As home to more than 1,500 ADRs from 39 countries, our OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces provide a rich trove of global investment opportunities for any investor."
Fourth Quarter Highlights:
- Securities within the OTCM ADR Index traded $26.5 billion in the fourth quarter, up 3% compared to the prior quarter.
- The top 10 most actively traded ADRs in the Index by dollar volume during the quarter were: Danone (OTCQX: DANOY), Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY) and Roche Holding Ltd. (OTCQX: RHHBY) which trade on OTCQX, the best marketplace for qualified companies, and Gazprom OAO (OTC Pink: OGZPY), LUKOIL Oil Co. (OTC Pink: LUKOY), Nestle S.A. (OTC Pink: NSRGY), Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (OTC Pink: NSANY), SOFTBANK Corp. (OTC Pink: SFTBY), Tesco PLC (OTC Pink: TSCDY) and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (OTC Pink: TOELY) which trade on OTC Pink and limit distribution of information to their home market.
- Top-performing component industries were technology (+13.4%), telecommunications (+10.7%) and consumer services (+5.9%). The worst-performing component industries were oil and gas (+0.7%), utilities (+1.7%) and healthcare (+4.4%).
- Thirteen new companies joined the Index in the fourth quarter, notably Allied Irish Banks, P.L.C. (OTCQB: AIBYY), Catlin Group Ltd. (OTC Pink: CNGRY), Cementos Argos S.A. (OTC Pink: CMTOY), Eutelsat Communications (OTC Pink: EUTLY), Jiangsu Expressway Company Limited (OTC Pink: JEXYY), Kone Oyj (OTC Pink: KNYJY), Mediolanum S.p.A. (OTC Pink: MDLAY), Metro AG (OTC Pink: MTTRY), Pruksa Real Estate PLC (OTC Pink: PKREY), Serco Group Plc. (OTC Pink: SECCY), Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (OTC Pink: SMMYY) and Weir Group PLC (OTC Pink: WEIGY). Twenty-seven companies were removed from the Index during the quarter.
The OTCM ADR Index is a rules-based index that is market capitalization weighted, adjusted for free float, and has various liquidity screens to ensure tradability. It is also priced in real-time and disseminated on all electronic platforms. For a current list of all OTCM ADR Index constituents as well as real-time quotes, charts and data, visit the OTC Markets Group website, www.otcmarkets.com.
For a list of market data vendors that distribute OTC Markets Level 2+ (OTCQX, OTCQB, OTC Pink, OTC Bonds) Quotes for all 1,500+ ADRs, visit the Market Data Vendors page on OTC Markets Group's website at http://www.otcmarkets.com/services/market-data/market-data-vendors/overview.
Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors cannot invest directly in the OTCM ADR Index.
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