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Published on Feb 27, 2021 at 5:08 PM
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 at 10:13 PM
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Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 7:03 PM
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 at 10:11 PM
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Published on Feb 21, 2021 at 8:17 AM
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 at 10:11 PM
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Published on Feb 21, 2021 at 8:26 PM
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 at 10:11 PM
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Published on Feb 27, 2021 at 11:34 AM
Updated on Feb 27, 2021 at 10:10 PM
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Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 4:31 PM
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Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 1:32 PM
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 at 1:32 PM
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Welcome back to our weekly series, Schaeffer's Cannabis Stock News Update, where we recap what happened in the world of marijuana stocks last week, and look ahead to how the cannabis industry will continue to develop in the 2021.

Investor interest in the cannabis industry is growing at an explosive growth rate, and the leading players continue to break through legal barrier after legal barrier, especially in the United States. More than 40 U.S. states legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana by the end of 2020. Now, more and more companies are starting to see the opportunity in cannabis cultivation, marketing, distribution, and technology.

After the Senate runoff elections tilted the majority toward Democrats last month, there has been continuing anticipation that the prospects of cannabis legislation will now find footing in Congress. While full-scale legalization may be out of reach, smaller reforms tied to police and banking could positively impact the cannabis industry.

If federal legalization happens, Wall Street analysts have recently said that, by 2030, the cannabis market could be worth somewhere around $115 billion. As the cannabis sector continues to grow, investors can anticipate many more marijuana stock initial public offerings (IPOs) on the horizon for the cannabis industry.

Here is a quick roundup of major cannabis stock news this week:

Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ:APHA), and Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY), global pioneers in cannabis research, cultivation, production, and distribution, announced the launch of a new website: www.aphriatilraytogether.com on Feb. 23. This new, dedicated resource seeks to provide shareholders of both companies with pertinent information, news, and updates leading up to shareholders' special meetings. APHA's and TLRY's respective shareholders will vote on the resolutions necessary to implement the two companies' proposed business merger soon.

Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARNA) provided a corporate update on Feb. 23 and released its financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year of 2020. Revenues for the fourth quarter were zero compared to $3.0 million year-over-year. Net loss for the fourth quarter was $122.2 million compared to a net loss of $88.3 million for the same period in 2019 for ARNA.

Cbdmd Inc (NASDAQ:YCBD) chairman & co-CEO, Martin Sumichrast, sold 395,600 shares of YCBD on Feb. 20, at an average price of $4.43 a share. The total sale was worth $1.8 million.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (NASDAQ:JAZZ) announced its financial results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2020, and also provided financial guidance for 2021 on Feb. 23. Total revenues increased 9% in 2020 and 14% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the same periods in 2019.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE:IIPR), the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) focused on the regulated U.S. cannabis industry, announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2020 on Feb. 24. IIPR generated total revenues of approximately $37.1 million for the quarter, representing a 110% increase year-over-year.

Sundial Growers Inc. (NASDAQ:SNDL), a licensed Canadian producer of recreational Cannabis, and Indiva Limited and a leading Canadian producer of cannabis edibles, announced on Feb. 24 the closing of the previously announced $22,000,000 strategic investment into Indiva by SNDL.

Village Farms International, Inc. (NASDAQ:VFF), reassured shareholders on Feb. 23 that operations at its Texas greenhouse facilities have continued uninterrupted amidst the recent power outages and water supply shortages that have been experienced throughout many parts of the state as a result of unseasonably cold temperatures and severe weather conditions.

Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 1:10 PM
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 at 1:30 PM
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Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 1:00 PM
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So far, 34,000 calls and 21,000 puts have crossed the tape. The most popular is the weekly 2/26 230-strike call, followed by the 225-strike call in the same session, with new positions being opened at both. 
Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 12:28 PM
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 at 12:36 PM
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) is giving back earlier gains this afternoon, dropping over 238 points. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) and S&P 500 Index (SPX), meanwhile, are struggling for direction, though both indexes were last seen well above breakeven. The major benchmarks are also pacing for sizable weekly drops, though all three are set to notch modest monthly wins. The 10-year Treasury yield is still close to 1.5%, alarming many on Wall Street, though there seems to be some optimism over a 0.3% monthly rise in the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) price index -- an indicator of muted inflation for January. 

Continue reading for more on today's market, including:

  • Airbnb stock had analysts talking after its big earnings debut
  • Beyond Meat inked multi-year deals with two fast food giants. 
  • Plus, CLDR attracts options bears; XTNT surges on multi-million dollar private placement; and TCDA sinks after denied appeal.

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Cloudera Inc (NYSE:CLDR) is seeing an unusual amount of bearish activity in its options pits. So far, 2,895 puts have crossed the tape -- two times the intraday average, and nearly double the number of calls exchanged. The most popular is the March 12 put, where positions are being bought-to-open. The equity is up 0.4% at $16.16 at last check, erasing earlier losses, though a reason for the volatile price action remains unclear. Now, CLDR is attempting to snap a four-day losing streak, and remains up over 16% in 2021, with support at the 40-day moving average containing today's short-lived pullback. 

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One of the best performing stocks on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today is Xtant Medical Holdings Inc (NYSE:XTNT). The equity is up 105.7% to trade at $3.96 at last check, and earlier hit a two-year high of $4.49. The company yesterday announced the closing of its $20 million private placement to a single healthcare-focused investor. Over the last few months, the security has been climbing up the charts, with recent support at its 30-day moving average guiding the shares higher. 

One of the worst stocks on the Nasdaq today is Tricadia Inc (NASDAQ:TCDA). The security is down 29.3% at $5.20 at last check, after the Office of New Drugs (OND) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied an appeal in response to its Formal Dispute Resolution Request (FDRR), submitted in December 2020. Tricadia stock is trading at its lowest level since late October, and now carries a 25.8% year-to-date deficit. 

Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Updated on Feb 26, 2021 at 11:30 AM
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Exactly two months ago I was discussing the chaos around Bitcoin (BTC) reaching the vaunted $20,000 level, and how it could have even more room to run. Later that week, BTC finally lost steam just south of $23,000, igniting the "Twitterverse" on fire as crypto bulls crawled out of the woodwork. I claimed the intrigue of the cryptocurrency was only the beginning, as cryptocurrency brokerage Coinbase filed a draft registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), indicating an eventual initial public offering (IPO) is coming.

While this IPO idea has yet to come into fruition, flash forward to this past week and BTC on Tuesday catapulted above the psychologically significant $50,000 mark. By Wednesday, BTC hit a record of $51,735.38 and sported year-over-year growth of 430%, and per CoinDesk, could see a surge of twice that by the end of the calendar year. While this remains just a theory –one conveniently touted by a site called CoinDesk -- other investors also support the prospect of Bitcoin reaching six figures by year’s end. But, equal amounts of pundits warn against the unsustainability of such growth. Per MarketWatch, Skybridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci called it a "supply and demand situation." One must treat Bitcoin information as an echo chamber; wherever you dig on the internet, you can find evidence supporting your own assertations.

Instead of opinions, context can help articulate just what we’re dealing with here. Taking a closer look at Bitcoin’s growth over the past several years, Senior Market Strategist Chris Prybal gathered data comparing the Bitcoin/Gold growth ratio since 2016. Per the graph below, the ratio peaked in December 2017, just past 15:1. Following a multi-year lull, the ratio saw an unprecedented charge higher, and now stands just shy of 30:1. This represents three times the December 2020 low for the ratio, and a whopping six times the September lows.

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Another contextual layer to add when referencing Bitcoin’s recent volatility is volume. In the chart below, Schaeffer’s Senior Market Strategist Matthew Timpane highlighted 2-, 3-, 6-, and 12-month BTC volume close-to-close. Range expansions to and above this (blue dotted) line have typically indicated that large moves lie ahead, with potential for a trend change -- but not necessarily. In fact, when utilizing the chart below, it’s easy to notice that it runs eerily similar to Schaeffer’s Volatility Scorecard (SVS), which measures the size of the equity’s movement on the chart in comparison to what options traders were pricing in during the past 12 months.

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As a trader, something you can do to utilize BTC is hedge through futures. The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) does not have options, so you’d need to use a proxy like MicroStrategy (MSTR), Riot Blockchain (RIOT), or Canaan (CAN). Though it’s good to remember the latter two are a bit more tied to mining and servers for BTC. Overstock.com (OSTK) has been a mild proxy too, which was part of Timpane’s thesis behind a Schaeffer’s trade he initiated that closed Friday.

Also worth noting is how Tesla’s (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk switched the company’s balance sheet from cash to Bitcoin, leaving a gaping opportunity for a win/win from a treasury and financial perspective. This is because BTC’s rally is great for the balance sheet, but if the surge doesn’t continue, Musk can write it off against business income. In simpler terms; we are expecting volatility, but we don’t necessarily know which direction it is going to be in, so moving forward with hedging may be your safest bet.

Subscribers to Bernie Schaeffer's Chart of the Week received this commentary on Sunday, February 21.

Published on Feb 26, 2021 at 10:56 AM
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So far, 19,000 calls and 14,000 puts have crossed the tape, with the weekly 2/26 165-strike call seeing the most activity, followed by the 160 call in the same session. This shows plenty of traders betting on more upside for BYND by the contract's expiration today. 

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