Cannabis Stock Heats Up After Surprise Earnings Beat

Options traders are chiming in at triple the intraday average

Deputy Editor
Apr 6, 2022 at 11:06 AM
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U.S.-listed shares of cannabis stock Tilray Inc (NASDAQ:TLRY) are surging today, up 14.1% to trade at $8.02, after the company's fiscal third-quarter results. Tilray reported earnings of nine cents per share, outshining analysts' expected losses of eight cents per share. And though revenue of $151.87 million came in below expectations, it still represents a 22.6% year-over-year gain. Plus, the company announced a partnership with Whole Foods Markets, where it will debut two of its hemp powders exclusively this month. 

However, today's pop seems to be cut short at the 130-day moving average, a trendline of long-term pressure that also rejected the stock's November rally. TLRY is up 55.5% in just the last month, after hitting a March 15 18-month low of $4.78, but seems to be having trouble extending its rebound.

Options traders are targeting Tilray stock at triple what's typically seen at this point. In fact, options volume is pacing for the 99th percentile of its annual range. So far, 167,000 calls and 41,000 puts have crossed the tape. New positions are being opened at the most active option -- the weekly 4/8 8-strike call -- which expires at the end of this week.

There is plenty of room for upgrades, should analysts become more optimistic. Of the 14 in coverage, 10 still carry a "hold" or worse rating. Plus, the 12-month consensus price target of $8.53 is a relatively slim 9.5% premium to current levels. 


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