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Cannabis companies have been feverishly stitching up partnerships with each other, beverage companies and biopharma companies to tap into the market's huge potential. Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ...
After a weak couple of months, cannabis stocks rallied in the first week of September . That rally seems to have stalled so far in the second week of the month. S3 Partners analyst Ihor Dusaniwsy said ...
GW Pharmaceuticals plc and its U.S. subsidiary Greenwich Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GWPH, GW, the Company or the Group), the world leader in the science, development, and commercialization of cannabinoid prescription medicines, today announced that Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer will present at the Morgan Stanley 17th Annual Global Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 9:55 a.m. ET in New York, NY.
GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH )'s CBD drug Epidiolex, which treats epilepsy, has been deemed too expensive by the U.K.’s National Health Service, according to an iNEWS report. Epidiolex has ...
So far in 2019, cannabis stocks have been on a roller coaster ride. Investors are wondering which marijuana companies may be better investments for the long term. If you are interested in buying into marijuana shares, you may also want to take a closer look at the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ). The MJ ETF is a marijuana ETF that has about $1 billion in assets under management.Source: Shutterstock Investing in the MJ ETF may enable investors to take a long-term view on a growth industry that is likely to reach tens of billions globally in a decade or two. However, investors in the cannabis sector should also remember how choppy individual stock prices that make up the MJ ETF can be. Mechanics of Investing in the MJ ETFInvestors may be able to decrease the volatility of investing in individual stocks by holding more of them, or better yet, investing in an ETF. And at InvestorPlace, my colleagues often cover how various ETFs can help investors construct a diversified portfolio.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSimilarly, MJ seeks to provide investment results that correspond to the total return performance of the Prime Alternative Harvest Index. This index tracks the performance of U.S. and global companies that are engaged exclusively in legal activities involving cannabis for medical or non-medical purposes. * 7 Great Small-Cap Stocks to Buy MJ's expense ratio is 0.75% per year or $75 annually per $10,000 invested. For many investors, the comfort in owning a basket of stocks might be worth the price.The MJ ETF also pays dividends with a yield of 2.8%. In recent months, this marijuana ETF has become one of the most popular funds among millennial investors.While the MJ ETF is still exposed to the industry risk, it may provide a good option for investors, as it is will likely be more stable than owning some of the individual stocks. Before investing in marijuana stocks, though, it is important to do your due diligence on the MJ ETF. Companies in the MJ ETFCanada is the second country in the world -- after Uruguay -- to legalize recreational marijuana at the federal level. Since then, a number of federally licensed Canadian cannabis producers have started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) as well as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).The MJ ETF currently holds 38 stocks with about 70% allocation to pot companies and growers, many of which are Canada-based and that are becoming increasingly mainstream. Several of the major stocks in the MJ ETF include Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB), Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) and Green Organic Dutchman Holdings (OTCMKTS:TGODF) It also has an allocation of tobacco stocks and fertilizer companies. The top 10 holdings represent about 60% of holdings in the MJ ETF.One fundamental point that investors need to keep in mind is that most of these cannabis producer stocks are not profitable yet. Analysts value them mostly based on the expectation of high revenue growth, which would lead to future profits. Therefore, whenever Wall Street fears the given company is failing to meet growth or expectations, that pot stock will get penalized.While MJ can avoid some of the bad performances of most marijuana stocks, it would be difficult for it to outperform several of its large holdings, such as Cronos Group, Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth. Nonetheless, the level of diversification helps make the MJ ETF more robust than any individual stock in the sector, limiting volatility and downside while retaining the exposure to the market's potential upside. Cannabis Industry in Canada is Still in the Early InningsThe lure of higher-than-average returns may be tempting for many pot stock investors. After all, early investors in many of these stocks have been rewarded handsomely.But as the cannabis industry in Canada matures, will the fundamental forces allow for high double-digit returns any more?The recent earnings reports from Canada-based pot stocks are important in gauging the health of the industry. At present, not everyone is convinced that Canadian recreational pot sales will remain strong. Many investors are concerned that the initial hype surrounding the industry could be decreasing.Since legalization in October 2018, Canadian sales numbers have been muted without any signs of increasing. In 2019, the total cannabis market in Canada, including both legal and illegal recreational and medical sales, is expected to be around $7.2 billion CAD. About half of it is likely to come from legal sales. The Canadian market may also be running the risk of being oversupplied. * 15 Growth Stocks to Buy for the Long Haul Is all this capacity truly needed, given that export volumes are not expected to meaningfully offset oversupply, either? If these marijuana companies harvest more than what they sell, there will be higher inventory balances. And simple economics tells us that a supply glut would eventually drive down the price of marijuana along with the margins of these companies. The developments in Canada over the past year has been reflected in the stock price of most of these Canada-based companies, moving investor sentiment from euphoria to greed to fear.Marijuana is illegal in the U.S. at the federal level. However, at the state level, its legal status depends on the laws of the individual state. In other words, the legalized marijuana industry is still in its infancy, even in Canada, and it is almost non-existent globally. None of the Canadian marijuana stocks have so far done any business in these pot-friendly U.S. states, as the listing requirements at the NYSE or NASDAQ as well as at the Toronto Stock Exchange bar companies from engaging in commercial activities in countries where they would be breaking the U.S. federal law. Where Is the MJ ETF Price Now?In the past two years, marijuana stocks have been choppy and highly speculative. Their valuations can and do change suddenly and drastically, both as a result of event-driven company news or developments in the industry.So far in 2019, with the exception of January, when many stocks did well, investors have witnessed considerable bearish activity in the industry. For most cannabis stocks as well as the MJ ETF, it hasn't exactly been such a "hot" summer. And the value of this particular marijuana ETF reflects this volatility. Year-to-date, the MJ ETF is up 5%. After seeing an intraday low of $23.3 on Dec. 24, 2018, it has rallied to a high of $39.25 on March 19. Its 52-week high remains at $45.4, reached on Sep. 19, 2018. Currently it is hovering around $26.Those investors who pay attention to technical charts should note that due to the decline in price since April, MJ ETF has a not-so-pretty technical picture. In the long run, MJ needs to build a base again before a long-term sustained leg up can occur.From a price and time cycle perspective, the high reached on March 19, 2019, which came six months after the 52-week high of Sept. 19, 2018, is likely to be the highest price to be seen in the near-term. And MJ price may see a new 52-week low in Sept. 2019, possibly around $22.5, about a year after the current 52-week high of $45.4. Within the next month, I expect MJ to mostly range-trade between $27.5 and $25.However, in case of a broader market selloff, similar to the one we have witnessed in the last quarter of 2018, the fund may easily go toward the low-$20's level. The Bottom Line on the MJ ETFFor most of the year, I have been bearish on most marijuana stocks. The hype that has led to high valuation levels, their mostly poor earnings and the dependency on the recreational aspects of cannabis make them risky and volatile investments.Given the risk involved with investing in cannabis, no ETF holding pot stocks is going to be completely safe in being able to avoid losses, but MJ offers investors some safety due to diversification.Now that the sentiment has swung negative, contrarian investors may find value in the MJ ETF. However, investors still need to follow developments in the industry closely to evaluate the appropriateness for marijuana stocks for their portfolio.It is important to note that unless legalization at the federal level in the U.S. happens, cannabis market is, for the most part, limited to the growth in Canada. And a limited Canadian market is not likely to help most of these pot stocks become profitable on an operating basis. This fact makes marijuana stock valuations even more difficult to justify. * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On Therefore, MJ investors should be ready for daily price fluctuations as well as high volatility around the earnings release dates of the marijuana stocks that mostly make up the ETF. Most of these Canada-based weed companies also have high operating expenses. And the red ink at the bottom of their income statements, quarter after quarter, is becoming a worry for shareholders. If the international cannabis market does not grow as expected, then MJ ETF's price could also experience selling pressure.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.The post The MJ ETF Solves Some of the Problems of Pot Stocks -- But Not All of Them appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Last week, GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH) released its financial results for the second quarter, and the results surprised analysts and investors alike. Year-over-year, the company's revenue for the quarter rose from $3.3 million to $72 million, an increase of 20.8x. Most of that revenue came from sales of the company's flagship drug, cannabidiol (CBD)-derived Epidiolex, which reached $68.4 million for the quarter and $101.9 million for the first half of the year, destroying even the most bullish of industry predictions.
From global marijuana legalization to the rapidly increasing use of CBD as a wellness product, all of this should help Tilray witness an uptick in second-quarter revenues.
Quarterly results, more quarterly results, a new buyout and a potentially new Nasdaq marijuana stock -- last week was far from boring in the cannabis industry.
TerrAscend is a portfolio company of Canopy Rivers Inc (OTC: CNPOF), the investment arm of Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE: CGC). Arcadia Biosciences (NASDAQ: RKDA) announced a hemp products joint venture, Archipelago Ventures, involving Shane Victorino, a former MLB player and son of Maui Mayor Mike Victorino.
CEO Justin Gover told Cramer during an interview on "Mad Money" he agrees with Cramer's assessment of GW Pharmaceuticals — and all he can do is continue focusing on the company's core medicine and pipeline.
Morgan Stanley analyst David Lebowitz maintained an Overweight rating on GW Pharma and increased the price target from $234 to $238. GW Pharma's CBD epilepsy medication Epidiolex saw strong sales of $68 million in its second full quarter on the U.S. market compared to the consensus estimate of $45 million, with 12,000 patients having received the therapy and a majority of them staying with the medication, Lebowitz said in a Wednesday note.
[Editor's note: This story was previously published in April 2019. It has since been updated and republished.]Slow and steady wins the race, as the old adage goes. But slow and steady can be a bit boring. Investors looking for stocks to buy, as a rule, should focus on high-quality, and preferably, lower-risk issues.Still, there's room in any investor's portfolio for higher-risk, higher-reward plays -- as long as those risks are understood.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIn that vein, here are 10 stocks to buy that offer potentially significant rewards … and almost as much risk. None of these stocks should be a core part of a portfolio, and all have the potential to blow up in your face. * 10 Stocks to Buy on the Trade War Dip But taking those risks also creates the possibility of a major reward. It's likely at least a few of these stocks will wind up big winners going forward. Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA)Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TEVA) isn't having a great year, down more than 57%.Teva has too much debt and too little growth. Its key drug, Copaxone, which treats multiple sclerosis, is facing generic competition from Mylan (NASDAQ:MYL), among others.Bankruptcy likely isn't a near-term scenario but the current trajectory suggests it could occur down the line. In short, TEVA is a classic contrarian, "buy when there's blood in the streets" type of play. And there are reasons TEVA is one of these great (if risky) stocks to buy.While pressure has persisted on generic drugs, but it won't last forever.The company has sold assets to clean up its balance sheet, which has de-risked the story somewhat. In my opinion, Teva is a better version of Valeant, but with an easier path back to normalcy.It's a risky path, but if it works TEVA could gain another 20%-plus simply by reaching a higher multiple and removing bankruptcy fears. Scientific Games Corp (SGMS)The story already has played out somewhat at Scientific Games (NASDAQ:SGMS), which is up 14.23% so far this year. But the growth story isn't necessarily over.Source: Shutterstock Only a few years ago, Scientific Games was a sleepy, low-growth provider of lottery tickets and terminals. But that changed in quick succession.SciGames acquired slot machine manufacturers WMS Industries and Bally Technologies, the latter coming only months after Bally bought equipment maker and gaming table designer Shuffle Master. Scientific Games became the dominant supplier to the casino industry worldwide: a "one-stop shop" for casino floors.It also became one of the most indebted companies in the U.S. markets and still is. The combination of that debt and careful cost controls at casinos, particularly in the U.S., kept SGMS stock below $20 to start the year. * 10 Cyclical Stocks to Buy (or Sell) Now But it now looks like the long-awaited "replacement cycle" of slot machines is arriving and that could be hugely beneficial for Scientific Games and its smaller, similar rival Everi Holdings Inc (NYSE:EVRI). And considering how much leverage is still on the balance sheet, there's a case for SGMS to clear $100 -- yes, $100 -- if profit growth accelerates.That's not a guarantee, obviously, but it's the nature of highly indebted companies. Leverage is a weight when those companies struggle, and it's a springboard when they grow. Chesapeake Energy (CHK)In the case of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:CHK), leverage has been a weight. After optimism about stable energy prices and Chesapeake's improved balance sheet boosted CHK stock in 2017, it was nothing but downhill in 2018.Source: Shutterstock CHK now trades down more than 68% since the beginning of the year and just bounced off multi-year lows.I think CHK is the best, if riskiest, of the stocks to buy on higher energy prices.It's also worth pointing out that Chesapeake bonds actually have been rather stable so far this year. Efficiency improvements at the wellhead have lowered costs as well.Chesapeake is a risky play, but the combination of debt on the balance sheet and leverage from higher energy prices mean that with a couple of changes, CHK could soar. Splunk (SPLK)Splunk (NASDAQ:SPLK), on the other hand, isn't the cheapest stock in its space or anywhere else. The high-flying "operational intelligence" software provider trades up nearly 30% since the beginning of the year alone.Source: Web Summit Via FlickrThe valuation alone shows the risk in SPLK, which has pulled back from brief early-2014 highs above $100. But since that pullback, SPLK stock actually has been rather stable, as investors give the company time to grow into its valuation.Meanwhile, Splunk continues to be a likely acquisition target, with Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) cited as a potential buyer in June and International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) long thought to be a logical acquirer. * 10 Generation Z Stocks to Buy Long Splunk is a classic growth stock in that it, too, is high-risk and high-reward. But it looks like one of the better growth stocks to buy in what might be an over-aggressive market at the moment. Ship Finance International (SFL)The shipping space generally has been a "Bermuda Triangle" for investor capital, but Ship Finance International (NYSE:SFL) might be the exception to the rule.Source: Shutterstock There's likely to be some near-term volatility and Ship Finance's dividend, which currently yields 11%, could be at risk, but it's still one of those great stocks to buy if you can handle the risk.But this also remains one of the best plays in shipping, available for a modest premium to book value and at low-teens multiple to earnings. The industry alone, and a heavily leveraged balance sheet, both show the risk.But if Ship Finance can make it through some choppy waters over the next few months, there's likely a nice return for shareholders on the other side. GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH)There's no sector of the market more boom-and-bust than biotech and drug development. GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) doubles down on that volatility by developing its drugs from marijuana.But GW Pharmaceuticals isn't one of those fly-by-night penny stocks to buy based on legalized weed. Which is why it popped on its Q2 marijuana-based sales. It's a $2.6 billion pharmaceutical company with a legitimate lead product candidate in Epidiolex, aimed to treat Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.Sativex, used to treat multiple sclerosis spasticity, already is on the market. And another compound has potential uses to fight epilepsy and treat autism spectrum disorders. * 8 of the Most Shorted Stocks in the Markets Right Now Like most drug development plays, GWPH is high-risk. But there's a reason for investors to hold long-term optimism toward the company's pipeline. Success in getting those drugs to market likely would make GWPH an acquisition target at some point suggesting a significant upside from current levels. If it happens, analysts see GWPH stock surging near 30%.That in turn, would suggest likely significant upside from current levels for GWPH stock. Canadian Solar (CSIQ)Considering that solar power actually is gaining an increasing share of the U.S. market, in particular, it's surprising that solar stocks including Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) actually haven't done all that well.Source: Shutterstock SolarCity had to be rescued by Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) is down from multi-year highs despite the recent strength.There are risks for CSIQ, in particular. "Commoditization" and price pressure could hit margins. Still, demand for CSIQ equipment is growing, the stock isn't terribly highly valued, and it's lagged of late while FSLR, in particular, has risen.Solar stocks are likely to stay choppy for a while, but CSIQ should have some room to run if it can get through the second half of the year. Superior Industries International (SUP)Superior Industries International (NYSE:SUP) is on the move again. Shipments of the company's aluminum wheels hit a record last year and it's starting to pay off.Source: Helgi Halldorsson via FlickrAuto parts stocks as a whole have had trouble, driven by "peak auto" concerns in the space. Superior itself has had a couple of missteps that impacted margins, and profits. And with SUP one of the more indebted companies in the sector, both factors have had an amplified impact on Superior's share price.But there's a reason to see a reversal as well, which is what makes SUP one of the smart stocks to buy. Near-term auto sales may be coming down, particularly in the U.S. * 7 A-Rated Stocks Under $10 Last year's acquisition of European supplier UNIWHEELS improved Superior's position overseas. And there is room to improve execution, and hopefully, margins, going forward.SUP does have potential downside risk, particularly if global macro concerns arise, pressuring auto sales and dropping SUP earnings further. But for contrarians who think the auto parts selloff is overdone, SUP is one of the more intriguing plays. Chegg (CHGG)Chegg (NYSE:CHGG) is another of the growth stocks to buy with a high valuation and a big opportunity.Source: Rob Wall via Flickr (Modified)The company began as an online textbook rental company. But it wound up outsourcing that business to another provider and since has focused on becoming the dominant digital platform for U.S. college students.And Chegg is having some success. Revenues are growing and adjusted EBITDA has turned positive after years of losses. The company's tutors and study services businesses are growing rapidly, and it's becoming a fixture in the college landscape.There are risks here beyond valuation. Like so many companies, Amazon is a potential competitor down the line, given its efforts to offer free Prime services to college students. But at this point, it might simply be easier for Amazon to buy Chegg, rather than expend the resources to try and fight it.With each passing quarter, Chegg gets more and more entrenched. And that only serves to strengthen the bull case for CHGG stock.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 8 Cheap Stocks That Are Leading the Blue Chips * 7 Straight-A Stocks to Build a Portfolio Around * Forget the FANGs -- Buy These 5 Tech Stocks Instead The post 9 High-Risk Stocks to Buy for Massive Rewards appeared first on InvestorPlace.