NEW YORK, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) today announced that the OTCM ADR Index (Bloomberg/Reuters: OTCDR; Thomson: DFCDR), the only index exclusively tracking American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) trading on the OTCQX®, OTCQB® and OTC Pink® marketplaces, rose 1.54% in the first quarter of 2013 to close at 1,401 on March 28, 2013. The OTCM ADR Index, powered by BNY Mellon DR Indices and comprised of more than 600 large-cap international companies trading OTC, has risen 8.92% since its inception on November 1, 2012 through March 28, 2013, compared to the MSCI EAFE Index which rose 4.01% during the same period.
"The nearly 9% rise in the OTCM ADR Index since last November outperformed the leading international MSCI EAFE Index during the same time period," said R. Cromwell Coulson, President and CEO of OTC Markets Group. "ADRs provide an excellent way for investors to diversify their portfolios and access global growth. Today, there are more than 1,400 ADRs trading on the OTCQX, OTCQB and OTC Pink marketplaces – a 500% increase from 10 years ago – providing U.S. investors convenient access to global investment opportunities through their U.S. brokerage accounts."
The OTCM ADR Index is comprised of 637 large-cap international companies from 39 countries across 11 industries ranging from oil and gas to basic materials and consumer goods. The index is heavily weighted toward Europe and Asia with Japan representing the top percentage of holdings by country at 17.86% followed by the U.K. (10.68%), Germany (10.24%) and France (9.85%). China comprises 6.83% of holdings.
Q1 2013 Highlights:
- The OTCM ADR Index rose 1.54% in the first quarter of 2013 and 8.92% since inception on November 1, 2012 through March 28, 2013. Top performing component industries in the first quarter were healthcare (+16.78%), consumer services (+5.71%), consumer goods (+5.68%), financials (+4.54%) and telecommunications (+3.68%).
- OTC ADRs traded in excess of $22.1 billion in dollar volume in the first quarter 2013.
- The top ten most actively traded OTC ADRs in the OTCM ADR Index by volume in the first quarter were BG Group Plc, Danone, Deutsche Telekom AG, Gazprom OAO, Li & Fung, Nestle S.A., OGX Petroleo E Gas Participacoes Sa, Roche Holding Ltd., Sberbank of Russia and TNT Express NV.
- Approximately 118 companies have been added to the OTCM ADR Index since its inception on November 1, 2012, including Foxconn International, Heineken N.V., Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, Mazda Motor, Prada Spa and Reckitt Benckiser Group.
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.
Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investors cannot invest directly in the OTCM ADR Index.
About BNY Mellon DR Indices
BNY Mellon's DR Index team provides more than 140 indices, and there are now 19 ETFs trading in the U.S., Canada and Korea using BNY Mellon indices as their primary benchmarks. To learn more about BNY Mellon's DR Indices, visit www.bnymellondrindex.com.
BNY Mellon acts as depositary for more than 2,700 American and global depositary receipt programs, acting in partnership with leading companies from 68 countries. BNY Mellon is committed to helping securities issuers access the world's rapidly evolving financial markets and delivers a comprehensive suite of depositary receipt services. Learn more at www.bnymellon.com/dr
About OTC Markets Group Inc.
OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM) operates Open, Transparent and Connected financial marketplaces for 10,000 U.S. and global securities. Through our OTC Link® ATS, we directly link a diverse network of broker-dealers that provide liquidity and execution services for a wide spectrum of securities. We organize these securities into marketplaces to better inform investors of opportunities and risks – OTCQX®, The Best Marketplace with Qualified Companies; OTCQB®, The Venture Stage Marketplace with U.S. Reporting Companies; and OTC Pink®, The Open Marketplace with Variable Reporting Companies. Our data-driven platform enables investors to easily trade through the broker of their choice at the best possible price and empowers a broad range of companies to improve the quality and availability of information for their investors. To learn more about how we create better informed and more efficient financial marketplaces, visit www.otcmarkets.com.
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