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That Mysterious Smoking Spectre; Market Cap.

Jan. 13, 2014 3:48 PM ET
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The author is a student of the financial markets and enjoys following their course.

Market Cap is kind of perhaps useful in understanding indexing/passive investment based momentum per se or tendencies within the market.


However, on a more individual stock basis, sometimes this sort of categorization, one might call it, is sort of left to the observer to the determine by themselves. For example, perhaps for very legitimate analysis related purposes, when one pulls up a ticker on many financial websites per se, one will usually get a dollar figure for what a specific equity's "market cap" is per se.


Of course, this doesn't tell us much for trend following, or for broader beta implications per se, if the sort of size-based "category" is not included in said discussion or mention of market-cap.


Hence without further adieu, here is a list of the watermarks per se associated with the various sort of I guess one could call them qualitative title-names for each "cap" or bracket one might say.


Wikipedia is the source here; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Market_capitalization



  • Mega-cap: Over $200 billion
  • Large-cap: Over $10 billion
  • Mid-cap: $2 billion-$10 billion
  • Small-cap: $250 million-$2 billion
  • Micro-cap: Below $250 million
  • Nano-cap: Below $50 million "


An interesting jump perhaps is that which occurs between small and mid-cap, but I guess as a rule of thumb, one might presume, that each cap limit is roughly 5x more than the previous(in ascending cap size), with a couple of exceptions, starting from nano and progressively moving all the way up to "mega-cap".


Either way, perhaps this was useful to someone else out there aswell, I hope everyone's investments work out well.

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