Marijuana Stocks Surge 20%-80% as Investor Optimism Over Cannabis Swells
Shares of public cannabis companies started off 2014 with a bang, posting huge gains on the first day of trading since the successful launch of recreational marijuana stores in Colorado.
Many stocks rose at least 20% in intra-day trading on Thursday vs. their 2013 closing price. A handful surged more than 60%, and one touched 80%. That’s a stark contrast to the broader stock markets, which dipped into the red.
Only a handful of marijuana stocks declined.
The stock spikes reflect excitement over the future of the cannabis industry after retail cannabis shops successfully launched in Colorado on Wednesday. The first stores encountered huge demand, and the “cannabis chaos” that some predicted didn’t materialize.
That stoked optimism among investors about the continued spread of marijuana laws – and the businesses that benefit from them.
Cannabis stocks – all of which are listed on the over-the-counter markets – are subject to rapid price changes, as they are thinly traded. So they could relinquish some or all of these gains quickly.
Regardless, it’s a great way to start 2014 for the industry.
Last year, nearly half a dozen cannabis stocks ended the year down, though the sector as a whole experienced a late-December rally.
Here are some of Thursday’s biggest cannabis stock movers (note – prices reflect intra-day highs as of mid-afternoon Eastern Standard Time):
Marijuana cultivation facilities have been specifically identified as a key contributor to Denver’s increasing electric [click to continue...]
Five Alaskans were appointed to a board that will craft laws governing the state’s recreational [click to continue...]
The New York Health Department may announce winners of the five medical cannabis licenses up [click to continue...]
The Green Rush is back on in Massachusetts. The opening of the first medical cannabis [click to continue...]
Rules governing Oregon’s recreational marijuana market are taking shape, with state lawmakers sending two bills [click to continue...]
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made a splash in Denver on Tuesday, raising an estimated [click to continue...]
Dispensaries could be open in Hawaii in just over a year, as a bill establishing [click to continue...]
In an attempt to get around obstructionists in the state House of Representatives who have [click to continue...]
And then there were five. Dispensaries permitted in New Jersey, that is. Compassionate Sciences, Inc. [click to continue...]
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a bill making his state the latest in the [click to continue...]
In another sign of the marijuana industry’s growing national reach, a New York-based real estate [click to continue...]
Washington State growers and processors would no longer pay a 25% tax on cannabis and [click to continue...]
Delaware’s only licensed medical cannabis dispensary officially opened in the northern town of Wilmington on [click to continue...]
Canadian medical marijuana producer and distributor Tilray said it will lay off 61 employees as [click to continue...]