• Altria Focuses on Pricing & RRPs Amid Low Cigarette Volumes
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    Altria Focuses on Pricing & RRPs Amid Low Cigarette Volumes

    Altria's (MO) expansion in RRPs and focus on pricing bode well amid declining cigarette shipment volumes.

  • Planes, Trains, Autos Eclipse Miners in Fabric of Canada Market
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    Planes, Trains, Autos Eclipse Miners in Fabric of Canada Market

    (Bloomberg) -- Move over materials, there’s a new kid on the block. The C$300 billion ($230 billion) industrials group has ousted miners and forestry stocks to become the third-most valuable collection of companies on Canada’s equity market, behind banks and energy.Comprised mainly of transportation, engineering and construction stocks, industrials are generally seen as cyclical stocks and had blockbuster gains last year with a 24% rally. That was behind only tech and utilities.Last year Ballard Power Systems Inc.’s shares more than doubled after reporting a technology breakthrough that will reduce the amount of high-cost platinum used in its fuel-cell products. Air Canada came in second in the group after announcing a planned acquisition of tour operator Transat AT, accelerating its global presence in the leisure industry.Ballard’s surge has continued this year, climbing about 70% in January, as China signaled it wouldn’t further cut subsidies for electric vehicles, easing some fears for battery investors.One drag on the sector has been Bombardier Inc., which saw its stock slump and bonds tumble last week after the company said it was rethinking the A220 jet program with Airbus as it seeks ways to increase cash flow to help with paying down its $10 billion debt load. But, at a shadow of its former self, its contribution to the sectoral gauge is less than 1%.Markets -- Just The NumbersChart of The WeekEconomyCanadian businesses reported improved sentiment amid reduced concern about global trade conflicts, according to a Bank of Canada survey. Future sales like new orders have picked up, particularly outside of the energy sector, the Ottawa-based central bank’s fourth-quarter survey of executives found.Economists will see a big data dump on Jan. 22 with new housing price figures, inflation and the Bank of Canada’s rate decision.PoliticsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bid to complete the Trans Mountain oil pipeline won a major victory Thursday as the nation’s top court rejected an appeal brought by British Columbia aimed at challenging the controversial project. The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the case, the court said in a statement.TrendingInCanada1\. St. John’s, Newfoundland, has declared a state of emergency as a blizzard ramps up with 75 centimeters of snow expected in the province.2\. And if you missed it, we taste-tested McDonald’s Corp. and Beyond Meat Inc.’s new PLT burger, which is getting a trial run in Ontario.\--With assistance from Steven Frank.To contact the reporter on this story: Divya Balji in Toronto at dbalji1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Kyung Bok Cho at kcho7@bloomberg.net, Jacqueline Thorpe, David ScanlanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Benzinga

    The Week In Cannabis: Stocks Rebound Hard And Many More News

    What a week for cannabis stocks! Finally rebounding, ETFs inched alongside many big companies in the industry. Over the last five trading days: The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (OTC: HMLSF ...

  • Millennials like White Claw better than wine — and it’s shaking up the alcohol industry
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    Millennials like White Claw better than wine — and it’s shaking up the alcohol industry

    Millennials are putting a cork in their wine habit. U.S. wine sales have fizzled for the first time in 25 years as young adults sip spiked seltzers and spirits, instead. The volume of U.S. wine purchases slipped 0.9% in 2019, according to alcohol industry tracker IWSR — the first drop since 1994.

  • Social Security’s not keeping up with inflation — here’s what that means for you
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    Social Security’s not keeping up with inflation — here’s what that means for you

    Last fall, the Social Security Administration—overseen by its chief trustee, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin—said benefits for nearly 69 million Americans would increase 1.6% in 2020. The figure, tied to the inflation rate, meant that the average recipient would get $24 more each month, or about $1,503 annually. This figure comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (part of the Labor Department), which publishes what’s called the “Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers” (CPI-W) on a monthly basis.

  • GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (GWPH) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (GWPH) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (GWPH) closed the most recent trading day at $118.97, moving -0.13% from the previous trading session.

  • Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know
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    Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) Stock Sinks As Market Gains: What You Should Know

    Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) closed the most recent trading day at $2.13, moving -0.93% from the previous trading session.

  • Moody's

    Molson Coors International LP -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Molson Coors Beverage Company

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Molson Coors Beverage Company and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.

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    Constellation Brands, Inc. -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Constellation Brands, Inc.

    Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Constellation Brands, Inc. New York, January 17, 2020 -- Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Constellation Brands, Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers.

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    Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide Inc -- Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") has completed a periodic review of the ratings of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review in which Moody's reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future.

  • This Cannabis Stock's 'Key Differentiator' Hits Surprise Delay
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    This Cannabis Stock's 'Key Differentiator' Hits Surprise Delay

    Canopy Growth on Friday said it would delay the launch of its cannabis beverages, saying "the scaling process is not complete."

  • How Long Can the Rally in Canopy Growth Stock Last?
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    How Long Can the Rally in Canopy Growth Stock Last?

    Cannabis stocks performed terribly in 2019, and Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) was no exception. Despite the backing -- to the tune of $4 billion -- of Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), and over a full year of legal cannabis sales in Canada, CGC has yet to turn a profit. With investors souring on the cannabis industry in general, Canopy Growth stock lost 23% of its value in 2019. That number is actually misleading because CGC went into 2019 just as it was beginning to recover from a slump. It actually closed the year down a whopping 52% from its high at the end of April. So it is big news that CGC has strung together multiple days of significant growth. After a 4.4% pop on Wednesday, that's 21% in just three days.Source: Shutterstock What is going on with Canopy Growth? And more importantly for investors, can it sustain this rally to the point of a full-blown recovery? Why the Sudden Optimism Around Cannabis Stocks?This week has been an anomaly if you've been following cannabis stocks. For much of 2019, the story was rather grim. However, this week has seen many of them pop. CGC is up 21% since Monday. Hexo (NYSE:HEXO) is up 38%. Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB) is up 25%. Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON) is up 23%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsEven lowly CannTrust (NYSE:CTST) has seen an 11% gain.There seem to be two factors that have lit a fire under these stocks this week. The first is the news that the first edibles under Canada's "Cannabis 2.0" rollout hit stores. The second is the introduction of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. that would bypass Food and Drug Administration restrictions and legalize hemp-derived CBD nationally for use in foods and supplements in the American market. What If Cannabis 2.0 Also Stumbles?Having Congress take action to eliminate the confusion over CBD sales in the U.S. will undoubtedly help cannabis producers. Many of them already sell CBD products in that market (the FDA hasn't been enforcing its ban), but legalization would likely provide at least a modest boost to sales. * 7 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week The bigger issue for most cannabis stocks is the Cannabis 2.0 rollout in Canada. What happens if it also stumbles the way the initial legal recreational marijuana launch did? After all, that disaster was the reason so many cannabis stocks went through the roof in 2018 (in anticipation) and then tanked as reality hit. Unfortunately Cannabis 2.0 got off to a rocky start, with a lengthy waiting period between legalization of edibles and when companies could actually sell them. Even with edibles and cannabis-infused drinks now available (nearly a month after legalization), there are once again shortages in stores. Ontario -- by far the country's largest market -- remains critically underserved, with a fraction of the expected retail locations open. Canada's second-largest province played spoiler by announcing a ban on the sale of most cannabis edibles. Despite legalization at the federal level, Quebec is concerned that sweetened cannabis products would appeal to minors. Consumers are balking at the price of what edibles are available.Adding to the industry woes, legal recreational marijuana sales across Canada were dropping through the fall.The industry pinned a lot of hopes on Cannabis 2.0 being the point where the legal marijuana market in Canada found its legs. Instead, it's showing all the signs of being a repeat of last year. Bottom Line: Canopy Growth Stock Remains a Risky BetAt under $25, CGC can be a tempting investment. Twice in the past year and a half, the stock has been trading in the $50 range. The company has a new CEO in place, the backing of a multinational beverage conglomerate, and Canada's Cannabis 2.0 market has launched. After being beaten down for virtually eight straight months, CGC just strung together three straight days of gains for an impressive 21% boost. * The 10 Best Value Stocks to Own in 2020 Unfortunately, many of the challenges that caused Canopy Growth and other cannabis stocks to perform so poorly last year remain, especially in the Canadian market. There has been some optimism to start 2020 because of the edibles launch and the promise that Ontario will open more recreational cannabis stores, but that may not be enough. The investment analysts polled by CNN Business rate Canopy Growth stock as a "hold," and their median 12-month price target of just $19.77 represents 20.6% downside. Of the 21 analysts, the most optimistic has a $25.28 price target. Maybe they're all wrong. Maybe 2020 will be the year the legal recreational marijuana market takes off in Canada, powering cannabis stocks to a recovery. But I wouldn't bet on it.As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post How Long Can the Rally in Canopy Growth Stock Last? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Altria downgraded to sell on concerns about headwind posed by new minimum age for buying tobacco

    CFRA downgraded Altria Group Inc. stock to sell from hold on Friday and said it expects a change in the minimum age for buying tobacco is a big headwind. Analyst Garrett Nelson lowered his 12-month price target to $44 from $50. "We think recent federal legislation raising the minimum purchase age to 21 for tobacco products presents a significant long-term headwind for MO," Nelson wrote in a note. "According to CDC data, 12.5% of middle school and 31.2% of U.S. high school students reported they were currently use of some form of tobacco product in 2019 (mostly e-cigarettes)." The company may be forced to make more "draconian" cost cuts to support profit, he wrote. The company may also need to write down part of the value of its 35% stake in e-cigarette company Juul, which has become the subject of regulatory and and criminal investigations over allegations it targeted teenagers in advertising. Altria shares were up 0.3% Friday and have gained 8.9% in the last 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 26%.

  • Analysts: 3 Healthcare Stocks That Could Gain 35% — Or More
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    Analysts: 3 Healthcare Stocks That Could Gain 35% — Or More

    Returns, that’s the name of the investing game. At the end of the day, investors are after the names that can help them generate a profit in the stock market. It’s as simple as that. The hard part, though, is determining which investment opportunities have the best chance of outperforming the market in the years to come.As not all stocks are created equal, Wall Street pros suggest doing some due diligence. This includes a close reading of what the analyst community has to say about the long-term growth prospects of a potential portfolio addition.Bearing this in mind, we applied this strategy to our own search for compelling investments in the healthcare space. With TipRanks’ Stock Screener tool, we used the sector, analyst consensus rating and price target upside filters to scan the market for the crème-de-la-crème. As a result, we pinpointed 3 buy-rated healthcare names that have received substantial support from Wall Street analysts. One more thing – each boasts over 30% upside potential from current levels. Let’s jump right in.GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) GW Pharmaceuticals leads the way when it comes to plant-derived cannabinoid therapeutics. It developed Epidiolex, the first cannabis plant-derived medicine to be approved by the FDA, which can be used for seizures associated with drug-resistant forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. While it has certainly struggled over the last six months, the Street is behind GWPH.On Monday, the company announced that Epidiolex revenue for the fourth quarter came in at $104 million, surpassing the $99 million consensus estimate. Not to mention this figure reflects an 18% quarter-over-quarter increase. While acknowledging that investors had expressed some doubts about the drug’s growth prospects, Cowen analyst Phil Nadeau argues that this performance should put these fears to bed.Adding to the good news, the five-star analyst believes that Epidiolex approval for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is very likely. Importantly, this approval would expand its “penetration of the broader refractory epilepsy population.” As the CDC estimates there are 3.4 million people with active epilepsy in the U.S., with approximately one-third having seizures despite current regimens, the market opportunity is huge.An approval for TSC indication could also increase the average per patient dose of Epidiolex and allow for greater uptake among focal seizure patients. “These results may widen Epidiolex's dosing range by allowing physicians additional dosing flexibility for those patients who need it. The TSC data also establishes the efficacy of Epidiolex in focal seizures,” Nadeau noted.All of the above caused the analyst to conclude that the full value of the drug hasn’t been built into the share price. As a result, Nadeau reiterated an Outperform rating and $200 price target. Should the target be met, shares will be in for a 69% twelve-month gain. (To watch Nadeau’s track record, click here)What does the rest of the Street think? It turns out that they wholeheartedly agree with Nadeau. With 12 Buy ratings and no Holds or Sells, the message is clear: GWPH is a Strong Buy. If that wasn’t enough, the $200.70 average price target puts the upside potential at 69.5%. (See GW Pharmaceuticals stock analysis on TipRanks)Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO)Using its expertise in cellular metabolism and precision medicine, Agios Pharmaceuticals has developed a product pipeline to fight cancer and other rare genetic diseases. After it shared its vision for the company in the next five years, one analyst sees AGIO’s growth story as just getting started.Needham’s Chad Messer tells investors that management’s TIBSOVO guidance is encouraging. Expecting an increase in uptake for both the relapsed and frontline settings, the company predicts that full year 2020 sales could land within the range of $105 million to $115 million, an 80% year-over-year growth rate if achieved.With the drug currently being evaluated for further label expansion from frontline combinations in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and approvals in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), the analyst thinks that TIBSOVO will be able to capture most AML patients with an IDH1 mutation in the next few years.Additionally, AGIO initiated two expansion cohorts in combination with taxanes in non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) and pancreatic cancer in its third quarter and top-line data from both mitapivat pivotal studies should be released in 2020. “Mitapivat could be approved in adults with PKD by 2021, and in pediatric patients by 2024. Agios will also present data from the Phase II thalassemia study and provide details on a pivotal program in 2020. A Go/No-Go decision is expected for mitapivat in sickle cell anemia later this year. AG-946, a mitapivat follow-on, will enter the clinic in 2020,” Messer noted.Based on everything that the healthcare company has going for it, Messer decided to stay with the bulls, maintaining the Buy recommendation. The five-star analyst’s $71 price target implies upside potential of 35%. (To watch Messer’s track record, click here)Looking at the consensus breakdown, other analysts generally take a similar approach when it comes to AGIO. 8 Buys and 1 Hold assigned in the last three months add up to a Strong Buy consensus rating. A potential twelve-month climb of 24% could be in the cards given the $62.43 average price target. (See Agios stock analysis on TipRanks)Daré Bioscience (DARE)Following its 100% rise this week, the talk on Wall Street has shifted to Daré Bioscience. The massive gain came after the company, which develops novel therapies to improve the treatment options in women’s health, broke the news of its exclusive licensing agreement with Bayer for U.S. commercial rights to its non-hormonal, one-monthly vaginal contraceptive, Ovaprene.As part of the agreement, Daré will receive an undisclosed upfront payment, which could be up to $310 million in commercial milestones and tiered double-digit royalties. After a pivotal study is conducted, Bayer can obtain exclusive rights to commercialize Ovaprene in the U.S. If Bayer ultimately decides to make the $20 million opt-in, this will cause the exclusive license to go into effect.Maxim analyst Jason McCarthy argues that as Bayer will most likely make the $20 million payment, this deal reflects the large potential for Ovaprene. “Bayer sees the value in Ovaprene and is coming in now, with the license agreement, to be a part of the development process. This is the largest and possibly the only development stage deal in the category. We see this as validating for Ovaprene and Daré,” he explained.Given that Grand View Research estimates the contraceptive market could reach up to $11.6 billion by 2025, there is a significant opportunity. Noting that Bayer is already one of the largest players in the women’s health space, McCarthy stated, “The addition of Ovaprene is expected to expand the company’s contraceptive pipeline as the first and only non-hormonal vaginal ring product offered to women.”With this in mind, McCarthy left both his Buy rating and $3 price target as is. This conveys the analyst’s confidence in Daré’s ability to soar 94% over the next twelve months. (To watch McCarthy’s track record, click here)According to the consensus breakdown, McCarthy is the only analyst that has reviewed the stock in the last three months. To this end, the consensus rating is a Moderate Buy and the average price target matches that of McCarthy’s. However, given its impressive recent climb, more analyst ratings could be on the way.To find good ideas for healthcare stocks with solid upside potential, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.

  • The Big Rebound in Canopy Growth Stock Will Only Get Bigger
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    The Big Rebound in Canopy Growth Stock Will Only Get Bigger

    The long overdue rebound in marijuana stocks is finally here. The cannabis sector, led by the segment's most important company, Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), are breaking out in early 2020. Investors are betting that the demand and legislative troubles of 2019 will fade, and the whole industry will rebound in a big way over the next several quarters.Source: Shutterstock This isn't a small breakout, either, but a material one: Canopy Growth stock is already up 12% in 2020. That's basically 1% growth every trading day and represents the most upward momentum this stock has seen since early 2019. And it's worth noting that the move has also been on big volume, so there appears to be a lot of money out there staking big on a huge CGC turnaround.That's the good news for bulls. Here's the better news -- this big Canopy Growth stock turnaround will only get bigger as we go deeper into 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 In a nutshell, favorable fundamental developments in the cannabis market will spark a significant growth trend reversal for Canopy over the next few quarters. This growth trend reversal will converge on what is still a very beaten-up and relatively discounted CGC stock. That convergence will spark a huge rally in shares to levels north of $30.Here's a deeper look. Favorable Fundamentals Will Develop in 2020Thanks to weakening fundamentals in the global cannabis market, Canopy's growth trajectory meaningfully slowed in 2019. I think that will change in 2020. Cannabis market fundamentals will strengthen and Canopy's growth trajectory will meaningfully improve.This thesis breaks down into three components: revenue growth re-acceleration, profit margin stabilization and net loss reduction.First, the introduction of new products like vapes and edibles into the Canadian market, coupled with significant legal retail footprint expansion, will re-ignite demand growth throughout Canada's legal cannabis market over the next few months. At the same time, Canopy Growth will aggressively pivot into the U.S. market with its First & Free hemp product line. Canadian legal demand revival coupled with new U.S. revenue streams will improve Canopy's revenue growth trajectory in 2020.Second, as demand trends in Canada improve in 2020, demand will finally start to catch up to a supply glut in the market. This will lead to more favorable market pricing and higher gross margins for Canopy Growth. Simultaneously, Canopy's 2019 production facilities will start to produce at capacity in 2020, which will also provide a year-over-year margin boost. Net net then, Canopy's 2019 margin headwinds could turn into 2020 margin tailwinds.Third, the combination of revenue growth re-acceleration and profit margin stabilization will lead to Canopy reporting narrower losses. That's a big deal for a hyper-growth, unprofitable company that needs to inch towards profitability in order to justify its valuation. Canopy Growth Stock Will SoarBecause of the three aforementioned fundamental improvements, CGC is set to soar in 2020.The logic is pretty simple. Investors once believed that Canopy would emerge as the top dog in an ultra valuable global cannabis industry. But slowing growth and profitability concerns clouded that bull thesis, and ultimately knocked shares down to $20. Those slowing growth and profitability concerns will ease significantly in 2020. As they do, investors will start to once again buy into the idea that Canopy is going to emerge at the top dog in a huge global cannabis industry.The last time investors believed that, Canopy Growth stock was up at $50. Shares could make a run for that level again as investors once again adopt this bullish mentality amid re-accelerating growth, stabilizing margins and narrowing losses.The numbers are pretty simple, too. Under the paradigm that Canopy will leverage its unparalleled size, resources, partnerships, and distribution to turn into the Altria (NYSE:MO) or Anheuser-Busch (NYSE:BUD) of a several hundred billion dollar global cannabis industry at scale, I think that Canopy reasonably projects to earn $5 in profits per share by fiscal 2030.Based on a forward earnings multiple of 16 and a 10% annual discount rate, that implies a a 2020 price target for Canopy Growth stock of about $33 to $34. Bottom Line on CGC StockCGC had an awful 2019 amid deteriorating cannabis market fundamentals. Shares will bounce back in 2020 amid improving cannabis market fundamentals. This rebound has already started in the first two weeks of 2020, and will continue for the balance of the year. Ultimately, Canopy Growth stock will head way higher over the next several months.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CGC. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 5 Retail Stocks Placer.ai Thinks Can Win Big in 2020 * 6 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $7 The post The Big Rebound in Canopy Growth Stock Will Only Get Bigger appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Antitrust Probe of Altria-Juul Deal Reportedly Is Continuing

    Altria Group is still being investigated for antitrust violations regarding its acquisition of Juul, The Wall Street Journal reports. Separately, an analyst at CFRA downgrades the stock to sell from hold.

  • Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY)
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    Calculating The Intrinsic Value Of Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY)

    In this article we are going to estimate the intrinsic value of Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY) by taking the expected...

  • Retirees Should Know These 3 Facts About Required Minimum Distributions - January 17, 2020
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    Retirees Should Know These 3 Facts About Required Minimum Distributions - January 17, 2020

    Like the majority of investors, you're most likely working on a retirement portfolio that will provide a large enough nest egg to give you a comfortable retirement. Make sure you know all about what financial planners call the accumulation and distribution phases of retirement planning.

  • 4 Marijuana Stocks to Buy for the Big 2020 Rebound
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    4 Marijuana Stocks to Buy for the Big 2020 Rebound

    You hear that? That's the sound of the beginning of a big rebound in marijuana stocks. Year-to-date, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) is already up almost 10% -- and we are less than three weeks into the year. That's a huge gain in a short amount of time.The big rebound in pot stocks can be attributed to favorable fundamental developments (multiple cannabis companies have reported strong fourth quarter numbers in early January), favorable legal developments (among other things, Illinois just legalized recreational marijuana), and a whole bunch of investors deciding that with the new year, comes new opportunity.That's the good news for cannabis bulls. The better news? This big rebound in marijuana stocks is just getting started.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsOver the next several quarters, everything is going to improve for the cannabis sector. Demand trends will re-accelerate thanks to new vapes and edibles products, as well as retail footprint expansion. Supply overhang issues will ease with rebounding demand. International markets will start to take off as governments around the world follow in Canada's footsteps. Revenue growth trends will improve. Margins will bounce back. Losses will narrow.All in all, things will just get better for the cannabis sector in 2020, and as they do, depressed and beaten-up pot stocks will rebound. * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 With that in mind, let's take a deeper look at four marijuana stocks to buy for the big 2020 rebound. Canopy Growth (CGC)Source: Shutterstock The cannabis market's biggest and most important company, Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), has been leading the pot stock rebound in 2020 so far. Year-to-date, CGC stock is up more than 15%.Canopy will continue to be a leader in this rebound for the rest of 2020 for one very simple reason: this is the best cannabis company out there by a mile.They have the biggest balance sheet -- thanks to a multi-billion dollar investment from Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) -- with the most resources and firepower to invest in things like product development, international expansion, strategic acquisitions, and production build-out. They also have the biggest sales base, the most production capacity, and the widest global distribution network.The management team is arguably the best in the business, as Constellation has infused the company with experienced talent. They also have the most visible pathway to dominating the ultra-valuable U.S. market, thanks to a planned acquisition of U.S. cannabis company Acreage.All in all, Canopy Growth has significantly differentiated itself from the pack in the cannabis world. As the leader, if pot stocks keep rebounding throughout the rest of the year, CGC stock will lead that rebound. Cronos (CRON)Source: Shutterstock The only other "high quality" cannabis company that has won the multi-billion dollar support of a consumer staples giant is Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON). This unique feature should propel meaningful out-performance in CRON stock in 2020.Cannabis market trends will rebound in 2020 thanks to new products, retail footprint expansion, favorable legislative progress, and international growth, among other things. As those trends rebound, investors will rush back into the marijuana industry like its early 2019 all over again.When investors flocked into the space back then, they did most of that flocking into two names -- Canopy and Cronos -- because those were the smartest and safest investments given their fortified balance sheets, huge investment capability, and tremendous financial support. Of note, Cronos stock outperformed Canopy stock in the first three months of 2019 by a tally of 80% to 60%, mostly thanks to the fact that CRON stock was cheaper than CGC stock (15-times one-year forward sales for CRON, versus 30-times for CGC at the beginning of 2019). * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 In 2020, the same dynamic will repeat. Investors will rush back into the space amid improving fundamentals and trends. They will specifically rush back into the smartest and safest investments in the space, CRON and CGC. And CRON will be the bigger winner, because CRON stock (9-times one-year forward sales) remains way cheaper than CGC stock (14-times one-year forward sales). Aphria (APHA)Although most pot stocks are up big in early 2020, shares of cannabis producer Aphria (NYSE:APHA) are not, mostly because the company reported second quarter numbers in January that missed across the board. Revenues missed estimates, as did profits. And management dramatically cut its full-year guide.Consequently, APHA stock is actually down 1% in 2020, while many of its marijuana peers are up 10% or more.This weakness won't last. It's a gross overreaction to a few headline second quarter misses. Underneath those misses, the numbers were actually pretty good. Revenue growth accelerated sequentially, from up 8% quarter-over-quarter in Q1 to up 9% quarter-over-quarter in Q2. Volume growth also accelerated, and by way more, going from 7% growth in Q2, to 18% growth in Q2. Gross margins reversed course, after dropping from 53% in Q4 to 50% in Q1, and shot back up to 57% in Q2. At the same, Aphria reported a huge sequential increase in adjusted EBITDA after a sequential drop in Q1.In other words, all of the company's important underlying trends improved meaningfully in the second quarter. Revenue, volume, margin, and profit trends all got better.And that's before the launch of new vapes and edibles products. As such, the numbers will only get better in the third and fourth quarters. As they keep improving, investors will push APHA stock way higher, especially considering its relatively depressed valuation base (2-times one-year forward sales). Aurora (ACB)Source: Shutterstock Last, but not least, on this list of marijuana stocks to buy for the big rebound in 2020 is Aurora (NYSE:ACB).Aurora has long been the second-biggest player in the Canadian cannabis market, coming in right behind Canopy in terms of sales, volume, and production capacity. But investors have increasingly expressed concerns over the company's balance sheet and liquidity, as Aurora features one of the worst balance sheets in the cannabis sector and has a major cash burn problem.Ultimately, these concerns have kept ACB stock depressed. These concerns could ease dramatically in 2020. Aurora will launch of suite of edibles and vapes products over the coming months. They should also be opening a ton of new stores.This combination will reignite demand trends at Aurora, and revenue growth rates should start improving. As they do, more favorable supply-demand dynamics will push up margins. Bigger revenues plus bigger margins equals smaller losses. Smaller losses mean less cash burn.As cash burn becomes less of a problem in 2020 (and as the company's improved revenue growth trajectory illuminates a more visible pathway towards profitability), investors will become less concerned about the company's balance sheet and liquidity. The more those concerns fade, the more ACB stock will rally.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CGC. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post 4 Marijuana Stocks to Buy for the Big 2020 Rebound appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • Here’s How Aphria Stock Could Double in 2020
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    Here’s How Aphria Stock Could Double in 2020

    Following a disastrous performance in 2019, marijuana stocks are staging a huge comeback in early 2020. So far this year, the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) is already up about 10%, representing an impressive average gain per trading day of nearly 1%.Leading the charge are the usual suspects. So far this month, Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC) is up 15%. Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) has gained 19%. and Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON) has added 6%.But one marijuana stock missing out on this party is Aphria (NYSE:APHA). Best known as the only cannabis company to report a quarterly profit so far, APHA has not rebounded with its peers in 2020. Instead, Aphria stock is flat in 2020.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThis relative underperformance of APHA stock won't last.Aphria's trends are too favorable, its fundamentals too good, and its valuation too discounted to keep Aphria stock depressed for much longer. As marijuana stocks continue to rebound throughout 2020 amid favorable cannabis trends, Aphria stock will turn into the one of the segment's hottest stocks. Indeed, my estimates indicate that Aphria stock could more than double this year.Here's how that could happen. Marijuana Stocks Will Keep ReboundingCentral to the bull thesis on APHA stock is the idea that the entire cannabis sector will rebound dramatically in 2020.Three positive catalysts will drive that rebound. First, the currently depressed demand trends of Canada's legal cannabis market will improve significantly in 2020. The factors that will bring about its improvement are the introduction of new edibles and vape products, more aggressive launches of new stores, and logistical improvements by legal suppliers and distributors. The demand rebound will turn falling revenue growth rates across the whole industry into rising revenue growth rates. * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 Second, the supply glut of Canada's legal market will ease due to accelerating demand trends. Economics 101 teaches that falling supply and rising demand lead to higher prices. Higher prices create higher margins. Consequently, the cannabis industry's margin weakness of 2019 could turn into margin strength in 2020.Third, various cannabis markets outside of Canada will gain traction and turn into meaningful revenue contributors for legal suppliers. That is, governments around the world will adopt more lenient marijuana laws, thanks to increasing pressure by consumers for such laws. As that happens, more countries will legalize cannabis in 2020. At the same time, more and more states across the U.S. will legalize marijuana, and more and more Canadian cannabis companies will jump into the U.S. market.The marijuana industry seems optimally positioned for a huge rebound in 2020, meaning that the recent strength of the sector's stocks will most likely persist. Aphria Stock Will Join The RallyAphria stock is currently sitting out the big rally by cannabis stocks. That won't last forever. Soon enough, Aphria will join the rally, and when it does, Aphria stock could explode higher.Investors have been relatively bearish on Aphria recently because the company's second-quarter earnings report, delivered in early January, missed analysts' average expectations, and the company, in conjunction with the results, cut its full-year revenue and profit guidance. But the miss doesn't tell the whole story.Aphria's trends are actually pretty good. Its quarter-over-quarter cannabis revenue growth and its QoQ cannabis volume growth accelerated compared with Q1's rates. Those two data points imply that demand for Aphria's cannabis is rising. At the same time, its cannabis gross margins improved tremendously, rising from 50% in Q1 to 57% in Q2. The data supports the idea that improving supply-demand dynamics are meaningfully lifting Aphria's margins.Aphria has all the momentum it needs to join the marijuana stock rally, as demand for its products is accelerating and its margins are expanding.Eventually, these improving growth trends, combined with the massively discounted valuation of APHA stock, will produce an epic rally by the shares.Analysts, on average, expect Aphria's fiscal 2022 earnings per share to be 40 cents. That estimate will prove to be conservative. My modeling indicates that improving demand and margin drivers will push the company's FY22 EPS to 50 cents or higher. Based on a forward earnings multiple of 20, which is average for growth stocks, my 2021 price target for Aphria stock is $10.The shares closed at $5.19 yesterday. The Bottom Line on APHA StockAphria stock has sat out the 2020 marijuana stock rally so far, but it won't remain on the sidelines forever. Instead, as soon as worries about the Q2 earnings report fade, the shares will start to climb higher. Given how cheap this stock is and how good APHA's fundamentals are, the rally will be huge and could reach 100%.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CGC. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post Here's How Aphria Stock Could Double in 2020 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • CRON Stock Could Ride the Cannabis Resurgence into a Year-Long Rally
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    CRON Stock Could Ride the Cannabis Resurgence into a Year-Long Rally

    Cronos (NASDAQ:CRON), the cannabis company best known for its multi-billion investment from Marlboro maker Altria (NYSE:MO) already is having a good year. Year-to-date, CRON stock is up more than 10%.Source: Shutterstock But Cronos is not alone. Pot stocks are bouncing back in 2020, with the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) up more than 10% already through the first two weeks of the year amid favorable fundamental developments (a handful of marijuana companies reported strong numbers in early 2020) and legal developments (among other things, Illinois just legalized recreational marijuana).Here's my two cents: early 2020 strength in CRON stock will extend into a year-long rally for the resurgent pot stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsMy rationale is simple. The whole cannabis sector will bounce back in 2020. As it does, Cronos will bounce back even more, because it represents one of the two highest quality investments in the space, and quality will become of increasing importance in this space as a clear divergence emerges between cannabis winners and cannabis losers.Net net, Cronos looks good in 2020. I think shares will head materially higher. Here's a deeper look at why. The Pot Stock Rebound Is for RealThe big rebound in pot stocks is more than a head-fake or dead-cat bounce. It's the real deal, and the start of something much bigger. * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 The legal cannabis market will inevitably be huge. Drug usage data among U.S. high school students shows a clear trend: young consumers are increasingly smoking weed, and today, they smoke weed almost as much as they drink alcohol.The demand is there. The supply will get there, too, because consumer and government attitudes are rapidly shifting in favor of legalizing cannabis. Big demand plus big supply equals big market.How big? Well, if you consider that the global alcoholic beverage market is in the $1 trillion-plus range and that cannabis consumption among certain demographics is nearly equal to that of alcohol consumption, it's pretty easy to see the fully-legal global cannabis market measuring in the several hundred billion dollar range one day.Outside of Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), all publicly traded cannabis companies feature sub-$3 billion market caps.Clearly, these companies aren't priced appropriately. They aren't priced appropriately because investors got overly bearish in 2019 amid early challenges in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere, and thought that these challenges would last forever.They won't. In 2020, they will fade. Demand trends will improve. Logistics will improve. Retail distribution will expand. Legislation will move forward. Everything will get better because everything is always better in Year 2 than in Year 1.Pot stocks will bounce back. And they will hold onto these gains, because the cannabis market will only get bigger and better over the next few years as it marches towards its several hundred billion dollar potential. Cronos Is a High-Quality PickIn the cannabis space, Cronos stock is a high-quality pick, and that's important because quality will be a key differentiation going forward.There are a lot of cannabis companies out there. Not all of them will survive. When you look at the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries, the two best comps for the cannabis industry, those markets are essentially oligopolies, dominated by only a handful of conglomerates.The cannabis market will pan out no differently. It will go from hundreds of equally-sized players today, to a handful of super-sized players in a decade. This market consolidation means that while the cannabis market will grow by leaps and bounds over the next several years, this rising tide won't lift all boats; high-quality boats will rise a bunch, and low-quality boats will fall by the wayside.Cronos is unequivocally one of the high-quality boats in this space for one big reason: the multi-billion dollar investment Altria poured into the company.That huge investment is a vote of confidence from a seasoned and smart management team over at Altria. It's also enough money to shore up the balance sheet for the foreseeable future, absorb cash burn, and ease pressure on the company to cut corners to turn a profit.Most importantly, it gives Cronos ample resources to invest in the cannabis space over the next several years. Only Canopy can rival Cronos in terms of this investment firepower.Ultimately, then, CRON is one of the top two highest quality picks in the cannabis space. Thus, as pot stocks begin their multi-year rebound in 2020, Cronos will be at the epicenter of this rebound. Bottom Line on CRON StockIn a nutshell, what you have with Cronos is a sub-$3 billion company with a very reasonable opportunity to be one of the largest players in a potential several hundred billion global cannabis industry one day. That's a compelling long-term value prop.The market turned a blind eye towards this long-term value prop in 2019 amid near-term cannabis market challenges. In 2020, those challenges will fade from the scene. As they do, investors will increasingly adopt the long-term bull thesis as a consensus thesis. The more this happens, the more CRON stock will rebound.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long CGC. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * The Top 5 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy for 2020 * 7 Fintech ETFs to Buy Now for Fabulous Financial Exposure * 3 Tech Stocks to Play Ahead of Earnings The post CRON Stock Could Ride the Cannabis Resurgence into a Year-Long Rally appeared first on InvestorPlace.