Traders Demonstrate Enthusiasm For Emerging Sectors In February

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Total dollar volume increased on OTC Markets in February, with companies in emerging industries dominating top trading activity.

In February, the total dollar volume across all three OTC Market tiers — OTCQX, OTCQB, and Pink Markets — was nearly $82 billion, a 14% increase from January.

Looking at the OTCQX Market, the top tier of the OTC Markets, investors focused their attention on companies from industries such as crypto and cannabis — a continued trend from previous months. Quite notably, nine out of the top ten highest performing securities on the OTCQX in February were from either one of the two sectors.

An Increase In Crypto

Investors demonstrated high enthusiasm for the crypto market in February, with crypto accounting for 50% of the top ten traded securities on the OTCQX Market. The presence of crypto not only increased from the previous month but also took up the top two spots on the list.

The top two traded securities on the list were Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (OTCQX: GBTC), followed by Grayscale Ethereum Trust (OTCQX: ETHE).

Also among the topmost actively traded securities were blockchain infrastructure company HIVE Blockchain Technologies Inc (OTCQX: HVBTF), and cryptocurrency mining company Hut 8 Mining Corp. (OTCQX: HUTMF). Both companies experienced a significant month-over-month dollar volume increase of 112% and 104%, respectively.

The Impact Of Cannabis Reform

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states deemed cannabis as an essential business in 2020. As a result, cannabis experienced significant growth for the year. Data from the OTCQX top-performing securities list demonstrates continued enthusiasm for the sector in 2021 as well.

Among the list of securities were Green Thumb Industries (OTCQX: GTBIF), Cresco Labs (OTCQX: CRLBF), Curaleaf Hldgs Inc. (OTCQX: CURLF), and Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (OTCQX: TCNNF).

U.S.-based cannabis company Medmen Enterprises Inc. (OTCQX: MMNFF) was among the top 15 most actively traded securities in February. The company began to see a surge in trading volume after Democrat senators said they would bring a cannabis reform bill on to the Senate floor, which would focus on ending federal prohibition.

OTCQB

CytoDyn Inc. (OTCQX: CYDY) was the most actively traded company on the OTCQB Venture Market with a total dollar volume of $537 million for the month.

American Battery Metals Corporation (OTCQB: ABML), Voyager Digital Ltd. (OTCQB: VYGVF), Argo Blockchain Plc (OTCQB: ARBKF), and Alpine 4 Technologies (OTCQ:ALPP) were all among the most traded securities on the OTCQB Market.

Retail-focused cannabis company High Tide Inc. (OTCQB: HITIF) was also among the top ten traded securities on the OTCQB in February with a notable dollar volume increase of 548%.

Below are the top 10 most actively traded securities on the OTCQX and OTCQB Markets in February.

OTCQX

Company Name

Symbol

Country

February
Dollar Volume

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (BTC)

GBTC

USA

$12,857,603,595

Grayscale Ethereum Trust (ETH)

ETHE

USA

$2,608,383,506

Roche Holding Ltd

RHHBY

Switzerland

$1,585,586,202

Green Thumb Industries Inc.

GTBIF

USA

$587,497,308

HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd.

HVBTF

Canada

$556,167,106

Cresco Labs Inc.

CRLBF

USA

$482,495,988

Curaleaf Hldgs Inc.

CURLF

USA

$480,062,627

Trulieve Cannabis Corporation

TCNNF

USA

$447,595,909

Hut 8 Mining Corp

HUTMF

Canada

$340,823,271

Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Fund

BITW

USA

$331,092,727

OTCQB

Company Name

Symbol

Country

February
Dollar Volume

CytoDyn Inc.

CYDY

USA

$537,121,777

American Battery Metals Corporation

ABML

USA

$461,237,963

Alpine 4 Technologies Ltd.

ALPP

USA

$449,390,829

Voyager Digital Ltd.

VYGVF

USA

$414,662,158

Argo Blockchain Plc

ARBKF

United Kingdom

$304,797,709

MIND MEDICINE MINDMED INC.

MMEDF

Canada

$259,859,233

Jushi Holdings Inc.

JUSHF

USA

$182,762,876

High Tide Inc.

HITIF

Canada

$159,093,359

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS HLDG AG

RLFTF

Switzerland

$158,967,185

American Lithium Corp.

LIACF

Canada

$146,852,718

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