What is Piggybacking a Quote
If an OTCBB security has been quoted by another dealer for a minimum of 30 days, the dealer may simply enter its own quote by piggybacking the current dealerÕs quote without having to file form 211 so long as:
- The security has been quoted for at least 12 of the last 30 days (active).
- There have been no more than four consecutive days without a quote(active).
- There is at least one independent market maker quoting the security.
If a market maker piggiybacks a sole market maker’s quote and the original market maker stops quoting the security the market maker who piggybacked the quote in not required to file Form 211 or take any other action.
SecuritiesCE explains Piggybacking a Quote
Securities that trade on the OTCBB do not have to meet any listing standards other than being a reporting company with the SEC. A reporting company is one that files annual and quarterly reports via forms 10K and 10Q respectively. A reporting company must also file 8Ks to inform investors of material events taking place within the company. OTCBB securities contain a substantial amount of risk. Market markers who transact business in these securities must maintain a due diligence file to ensure that it has all of the important information relating to the OTCBB security. An initial market maker in an OTCBB security must file form 211 with FINRA to request permission to quote the security. FINRA will respond to the request within 3 business days. All subsequent market makers may piggyback the initial dealers quote without filing form 211. If a stock is desisted from the NYSE or the NASDAQ market makers may follow the stock down and quote it immediately on the OTCBB. Pass your series 24 exam with our Greenlight guarantee.