CFDs are a financial product used to speculate on the price movement of cannabis shares or a cannabis index.
Contracts for Difference (CFDs) allow investors to speculate on a specific financial market without taking ownership of the underlying asset.
When trading Cannabis CFDs, the trader is speculating on the price movement without owning the underlying Cannabis shares. When trading CFDs, investors are able to profit from both rising and falling markets. This is due to the ability to both buy (go long) and sell (go short).
What is a Cannabis index?
A Cannabis index is a collection of stocks that represent the Cannabis industry and is used by traders and investors to gauge how the overall market for Cannabis is doing. The concepts is the same as the other indices offered by FlowBank including Wall Street & UK 100.
Where to start
There are different areas of the cannabis market to invest in but as a starter – let’s talk about some of the biggest and most popular cannabis company shares. Many of them are based in Canada, which was one of the first counties to legalise the use of recreational marijuana. This differs from other countries, including the UK which recently legalised the use of medical marijuana. Canada is well-positioned north of the border of the US, which is widely expected to be the largest source of Cannabis industry growth, should recreational use ever be legalised at the federal level.
Which are the most popular Cannabis shares?
1) Tilray (Ticker = TLRY)
Tilray is a Canadian pharmaceutical and cannabis company. The post-IPO performance of Tilray was one of the most impressive in the Cannabis industry, starting at $17 and reaching an intraday high of $300 in September 2018.
2) Aurora Cannabis (Ticker = ACB)
The acquisition by Aurora of CanniMed Therapeutics is one of the largest Cannabis M&A deals to date. The merger, it’s NYSE listing and operations in 24+ countries makes Aurora potentially one of the best positioned to capture future growth of the Cannabis industry.
3) Canopy growth Corporation (Ticker = WEED)
Canopy Growth is the world’s largest Cannabis company and was the first pure-Cannabis company to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company produces and markets both medical and recreational strains of marijuana, including Tweed which is promoted by rapper Snoop Dogg.
4) Cronos Group (Ticker = CRON)
Cronos was the first Nasdaq-listed pot stock. Cronos is a grower and distributor in Canada which is experiencing strong growth thanks to the legalisation of marijuana for recreational use in Canada.
5) HEXO Corp (Ticker = HEXO)
Hexo, formerly known as Hydropothecary Corporation is a producer of Cannabis products for Canada’s recreational market. Brewer Molson Coors has bought a stake in the company for the two companies to develop cannabis-infused drinks.
The above is by no means an exhaustive list of all publicly-traded cannabis company shares. Most Cannabis shares are what are known as ‘penny stocks’, meaning they are valued below $1 and typically have less established businesses. This makes them highly risky and volatile and they are prone to market manipulation.
What Blue chip shares could benefit from Cannabis?
1) Constellation Brands
The owner and marketer of some of the world’s biggest beer brands including Corona and Modelo has a substantial stake in Canopy Growth as a private equity investor and seems likely to eventually take majority control.
AbbVie is a large multinational pharmaceutical company with a synthetic cannabis-based & FDA-approved drug called Marinol. The drug is used for alleviating nausea in chemotherapy patients and appetite loss in AIDS patients. Marinol represents a small part of the current line-up of drugs offered by AbbVie but represents large potential future growth in prescription cannabis drugs.
3) Scott’s Miracle Gro Company
Scott’s Miracle-Gro has been around a long time but received a new lease-of life thanks to increased demand for Cannabis growing supplies. This includes hydroponics, lighting and ventilation systems.
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