- Cannabis stocks were frothy Tuesday – one day ahead of Canada’s full legalization.
- After previously setting record highs, Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis had fallen into the red alongside the entire sector.
Canada will become the first developed country to legalise recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but with mere hours left before the first sales are legal, many of the largest marijuana stocks were seeing red.
Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis, and Tilray – collectively the three largest producers by market cap – had all fallen into the red by midday Tuesday, hours after Canopy and Aurora soared to record highs.
Here’s the scoreboard:
The recreational market for cannabis in Canada could reach $US10.5 billion CAD by 2023, analysts at Benchmark estimated Tuesday, with Tilray already leading the pack.
“We expect Tilray to acquire a meaningful share of the Canadian cannabis market based on initial supply agreements and through its first mover advantage in building production scale and strengthening national brands and products across a broad and expanding category,” the analyst Mike Hickey, said in a note to clients. He has a $US200 price target for the stock – a 28% premium to Tuesday’s prices.
Horizons’ Marijuana Life Sciences ETF, a fund that aims to track the performance of the entire sector through stakes in some of the largest players, was down about 4% Tuesday. MJ, a US-traded ETF with many of the same holdings, was down 2.5%.
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