Friday, January 26, 2018

Quick Week End's Glance At the Markets: Cannabis & Cryptocurrency

This week as been a little crazier than the norm..........

Cryptocurrencies continues to get beat up, hacked, regulated and slaloms the markets. But as I mentioned before, that's how the markets do! Let's take a summary of this week's Crypto, Cannabis & stock market happenings.

In the last year, altcoins have made their presence known in a most compelling manner. The world stood up and took notice indeed, even a topic of discussion at the 2018 Davos. But, now the crypto faithful are realizing that this platform comes with it's volatilities. 

There are a number of possible factors in this weeks pullback that includes what might become the worlds largest digital currency hack. Japan's reported $530 million or about 500 million NEMs may have been an inside job. As Coincheck suspends trading, withdrawals and deposits of most cryptocurrencies there pending further investigation. 

*UPDATE*: The company reports that the source of the hack has been located. And that they intend to refund most funds stolen.

How about the South Korean regulators that has now created a task force to oversee their exchanges. This could have enticed investors to abandon ship.

The crypto markets seems to have stabled themselves a bit. Still Bitcoin, down about 5% since last Friday's opening and we are thankful for that. Ripple, who had such a promising run, had a huge 24% slide this week. Even with it's technical connection to the Ethereum based blockchain technology ETH, dipped a little over 9% this week. With NEM taken the biggest punch at nearly 33%.

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This week the U.S. Marijuana index had gains of 5.5%, The North American Marijuana Index posted a 3.2% this week. 

Months of bitter fighting, has Aurora Cannabis acquiring CanniMed Therapeutics for some $1 billion in cash/stock off a friendlier deal.

Top 10 Marijuana/Cannabis Stock

ACBFF - Aurora Cannabis Inc     +1.60%
GWPH - GW Pharma PLC           +1.36%
PRMCF - Cronos Group Inc         -0.20%
TWMJF - Canopy Growth Corp  +10.76%
CBDS - Cannabis Sativa Inc          +1.13%
THCBF - THC Biomed Intl Ltd    +1.48%
APHQF - Aphria Inc                      +5.69%
SMG - Scotts Miracle-Gro Co       +0.32%
MEDFF - MedReleaf Corp            -1.75%
CNTTF - CannTrust Holdings      +0.60%


The DOW Jones hits a record territories.....again! As well, the Nasdaq & the S&P 500 finishing the week with new highs. The DJI up by 223 points, that closed at 26,616. The Nasdaq climbed 1.28% & the S&P 500 rose to 1.18%. 

January marks an incredible start on Wall street as investors and businesses credit President Trump's big tax cuts for it's motivation. Top that with a 
better than expected earnings as the 4Q reports began to roll in along with a steady global economic growth. Many are ready to ride the next few months with the same enthusiasm. 

ETFs To Watch (Cannabis related):

  • American Growth Fund Series Two Class E (AMREX)  $4.98  -0.07    1.39%
  • Cronos Group Inc.                                             (PRMCF)   $8.18   -0.01    0.14%
  • ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF                   (MJX)        $37.65 +0.32   0.86% 
  • Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences  (HMMJ)    $22.69 +0.55   2.48%
  • AdvisorShares Vice ETF                                     (ACT)         $27.25  +0.36  1.34%

 01/27/2018 Market Summary

Dow Jones       @ $26.616.71 (+223.90   0.85%)

Nasdaq                 @ $7,505.77 (+95.6 1.28%)

S&P 500    @ $2,872.87 (+33.62  1.18%)

*IN the Crypto World it's all about the "HODL"*

  • BTC Bitcoin  - $11,734.71  +2.31% (24 hr. Change)
  • BCH Bitcoin cash - $1,717.05  +4.03%
  • ETH Ethereum - $1,230.22  +11.91%  
  • XRP Ripple -  $1.31  +7.06%
  • LTC Litecoin -$188.66  +4.19%
  • Neo - $149.34  +7.01
  • ADA Cardano - $0.658  +5.63

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My last 5 of  the companies that I am researching in 2018. These are not recommendation as stated, yet, are companies within industries that I feel are worthy of potential gains

VFFIF    Village Farms International  

One of the largest producers of premium quality greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America. Village Farms vegetables are grown hydroponically (without the use of soil) in a glass enclosed high technology environment yet, are not genetically modified.

O A         Orbital ATK Inc.                        

Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world including launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition.

VRTHF  Veritas Pharma                          

Develops the most effective proprietary cannabis strains for specific disease conditions providing doctors and patients with conclusive scientific evidence for the recommendation and use of medical marijuana with confidence. 

VTC       Vertcoins                                       

Vertcoin’s algorithm is designed to resist the development of custom mining hardware and multipool mining, ensuring that transactions are validated by a widely distributed network and avoiding the selling pressure when large mining pools indiscriminately flood the market with freshly mined coins. With Vertcoins: DECENTRALIZED MINING, 1-CLICK VERTCOIN MINER, WEB WALLET

VUZI     Vuzix Corp.                                   

Vuzix design wearable display devices known as Smart and Augmented Reality Glasses, Video iWear (Eyewear), head mounted displays or HMDs. That are worn like eyeglasses and feature built-in video screens that enable the user to view and interact with video and digital content, including movies, video games, computer data and the Internet. Its origins in defense R&D for next-generation military display solutions, now focused the enterprise and consumer markets for wearable computing and personal AR display devices.

WeHit's 2018 PICK & TRACK  01/27/2018 
AMBA  Ambarella Inc $50.25 +0.15                0.30%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $10.81 +0.17                1.60%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $53.17 -0.31                 0.58%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $30.27 -0.19                0.62%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $74.82 +0.97                1.31%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $8.27 -0.09                1.08%           
HTC      HTC Corp$69.30 +0.70                1.02%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $17.13 -0.78                4.36%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $9.45 -0.67               6.62%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $23.80 +0.89               3.88%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $126.47 -0.49               0.39%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $45.07 +1.10               2.50%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $118.04 +1.41              1.21% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $28.49 +2.82              10.97%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $46.58 +0.86              1.88%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $7.29 +0.12              1.66%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$132.47 -0.01              0.01%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.60 -0.00              0.50%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.48                       -3.65%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $9.50 -0.25              2.56%    

Week's  5  BIG GAINERs & LOSERs  01/27/2018 
AbbVie Inc. $123.21 + 14.91                13.77%

Intel Corp $50.08 + 4.78                 10.55%

Arthur J Gallagher Co $70.49 +4.83                 7.36%

Gilead Sciences Inc$85.46 +4.27                  5.26%

Pfizer Inc $39.01 +1.77                  4.75%

Wynn Resorts Ltd $180.29 -20.31                10.12%

Colgate-Palmolive Co $73.56 -3.76                  4.86%

Regeneron Pharmac Inc $374.36 -17.48                4.46

Starbucks Corp$57.99 -2.56                 4.23%

Ball corp $38.12 -1.10                 2.79%


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Business Highs & Lows ~ U.S. Marijuana/Cannabis Industry PT:2

With so much information and such a huge investment opportunity in the medical/recreational marijuana industry. I had to add an additional segment to my last post. There are many pieces to expose as mainstream society, especially here in the USA, becomes a little less scrutinizing. That's not to say that there are no pitfalls. 

With different regulations and laws provided by the many states and countries. Navigating where and how to use or invest into this industry is more like playing a game of chess.

The global financial 
impact rest around $400 billion. While still in a relatively infant stage. The potential for incredible financial gains are there with one important obstacle. Current laws that vary from place to places!
And a federal law that strikes fear in every investor.

When we  look across the planet we find places like Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Peru, Spain,  Switzerland & Uruguay are countries that allow it's citizens to consume, cultivate and even distribute in small personal quantities. 

As with the countries above, the laws vary. Where in many other countries it may be illegal yet, it is decriminalized or simply accepted as long as you are not involved in any other activity that is of a criminal nature. 

Of all places, North Korea allows it citizens to grow, consume and sell. California's recreational laws that takes effect this year, includes business that can not operate within 600 ft. of a school. Must have 24-hr. surveillance and close by 10pm. In Amsterdam, if you are 18 yrs. of age, social smoke caf├ęs known as "Coffee shops" allows recreational use within it's facilities.

In Jamaica, the ganja, because of it's spiritual practices  amongst the Rastafarian, has it's own set of by-laws. And in Israel, they are considered the leader in world cannabis research for medical patient use.

As you can see, this is just a small portion of the countries around the world that view the plant in a less criminal manner.

However, though there are 46 U.S. states with some kind of legalization to use the THC plant. All the while, on the federal level, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, that puts it in the same classification as Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy & Quaaludes. That essential says.......that the government sees marijuana as a highly addictive drug having no medical benefits nor uses. 

So we can see where this could represent some legalities when it comes to operating a business. The agency does provide some guideline to prosecutors that so that these businesses as well as medical cannabis curriculum can follow, allowing some leeway for states to operate without prosecution. 

These guidelines include the prevention of distribution to minors, revenues from sales can not go into criminal activities, such as gangs or cartels. No violence associated with the cultivation or distribution. And guidelines that prevent the growing or possession on federal property or that would danger the environment.

Despite any and all negative branding on marijuana. The latest reports finds that 2018 expects to exceed all expectations to a tune of over $10 billion.  

It's reasonable to say, that the complete legalization for medical & recreational usage is really not that far behind.

We would hope that as the powers to be grapple the potential financial implications, finding a way to profit while politicians seat on their hands is another obstacle. 

My guess is, even the current administration is putting the numbers together.....and will come to their senses as these figures show substantial tax revenue increases, huge job developments in manufacturing, retail & agriculture. The healthcare industry could fare very well also.  Not to mention, the votes he could pull in. ( Bet that would get the ball rolling pretty fast!!!!)

Seeing as most major banks and credit card fear putting/backing any business could be interpret as money laundering under the current US laws.  Waiting for an eventual passing of laws that will legalize the plant. Is like burning money and trying to put it out with gasoline.

Is investing in the business stocks or finding ETF  surrounding this industry a way to get your piece of the pie? Perhaps companies that supply machinery and parts are a safe bet till our government get their act together. Until then,  my research continues........

ETFs To Watch For:

  • American Growth Fund Series Two Class E (AMREX) $5.05 +0.06 1.20%
  • Cronos Group Inc. (PRMCF) $8.20 -0.60    6.87%
  • ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJX) $37.33 -1.233. 19% 
  • Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences  (HMMJ) $22.14 -1.08  4.65%

 01/26/2018 Market Summary

Dow Jones @ $26.392.79 (+140.67   0.54%)

Nasdaq         @ $7,411.16 (-3.90 0.05%)

S&P 500   @ $2,839.25 (+1.71  0.06%)

 'HODL" On those cryptocurrencies!
  • BTC Bitcoin  - $11519.40  -1.00% (24 hr. Change)
  • BCH Bitcoin cash - $1,662.23  -1.77%
  • ETH Ethereum - $1,068.36  -2.42%  
  • XRP Ripple -  $1.31  -4.09%
  • LTC Litecoin -$180.86  -1.74%
  • Neo - $139.14  -2.91%
  • ADA Cardano - $0.641  -3.46%

My next 5 of 20 companies that I am researching in 2018. These are not recommendation as stated, yet, are companies within industries that I feel are worthy of potential gains

ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit ~

Founded in 1994,  (ARE) provides its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent. An S&P 500 company, their urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, with a total market capitalization of $16.1 billion and has an asset base in North America of 28.6 million square feet, as of Sept. 2017. 

SYNA  Synaptics Inc.                             

Synaptics ignited the human interface revolution with their touch, display, touchpads for notebook PC, including the software driver and biometrics products designed to optimize the user experiences in the mobile, PC and automotive industries. Has shipped more than 5-billion units.  More than 1900 patents that are either pending or issued.  And 70% of it's employees work in technology, engineering and product-design functions.

IBB     iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF
Started in 2001 to track the performance of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which consists of equities of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Since its inception, the fund demonstrated an average annual return of 9.65%

TWMJF   Canopy Growth Corp         

 A world leading diversified cannabis company. We operate a collection of diverse brands and curated strain variety, supported by over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity, partnered with some of the leading names of the sector.

KEYS    Keysight  Technologies        

A world leader in electronic measurement transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its Hewlett-Packard and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company's nearly 10,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. 

WeHit's 2018 PICK & TRACK  01/26/2018 
AMBA  Ambarella Inc $50.10 +0.14                0.28%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $10.64 -0.71                6.26%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $53.48 +0.16                 0.30%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $30.46 -0.02                0.07%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $73.86 +0.28                0.38%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $8.36 +0.28                3.47%           
HTC      HTC Corp$69.30 +0.70                1.02%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $17.91 -1.33                6.91%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $10.12 -1.54               13.21%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $22.91 -0.42                1.80%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $126.97 +0.35              0.28%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $43.97 -0.70               1.62%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $116.60 +0.73              0.63% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $25.67 -2.66              9.38%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $45.74 -0.29              0.63%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $7.17 -0.05              0.68%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$132.56 +0.50              0.38%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.60 -0.04              6.12%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.59                       -3.78%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $9.75 -1.05             9.72%    

DAILY  5  WINNERs & LOSERs  @ Sessions Close 
Varian Medical Systems Inc. $127.01 + 11.00                12.39%

Eversource Energy $64.57 + 3.44                 5.63%

W.W. Grainger Inc. $286.44 +14.47                 5.32%

McCormick & Company$105.09 +5.00                  5.00%

Albemarie Corp $116.90 +4.50                  4.00%

Newell Brands Inc. $24.81 -6.42                 20.56%

Range Resource Corp $15.32 -1.68                  9.88%

Union Pacific Corp $133.60 -7.57                 5.36%

Xilinx Inc$69.74 -3.74                 5.09%

F5 Networks Inc. $134.94 -7.19                 5.06%


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Are Cannabis/Marijuana ETF Worth The Buzz.....opps, I Mean Worth The BUY?

 There's plenty of chat and buzz surrounding all things "Cannabis". Whether it be medical, recreational or governmental. The interest has never had so much enthusiasm or as much attentiveness as the marijuana/cannabis industry has in recent years.

As more and more states & countries are realizing not only the medical benefits of the notorious weed. They are succumb or better yet, enticed by it's financial rewards. There are huge gains & economical advantages within it's grasp. 

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The tax revenues associated with the expansion of legalized cannabis has proving fruitful in every state. Colorado saw a 57% increase in state tax between 2015 & 2016. Across the board, theses states are seeing much higher tax collection than even from alcohol taxes. 

Despite the nasty history this plant has had to lived with. There is no denying that the benefits of legalization of marijuana/cannabis outweighs any past negatives. As I'm sure with most of the mentality in the political world....with states that have legalized marijuana having generated some $1.5 billion in tax revenues, Money talks BS walks!

There is a business side to the medical & recreational cannabis industry. which means there is also a financial side to it as well. Now, I'm not talking about the profits or taxation of the business yet, the investment side. 

As businesses develop and expand, the need for capital also increases. These legal marijuana business operate just as any other company. And just like any other company, they can be sold. as a private citizen can own a piece of that company by buying shares or stock. 

Navigating the varies options can be a little mind twisting. But, we will take one slice of that puzzle and present it to you. That option is called EFT. And they are doing very well, in the early stages of this young volatile industry.


Exchange Traded Funds - Essentially, is a group of investments packages together and traded as one on the markets. They are similar to mutual funds (kind of what you have in your 401K plan). You would buy shares of these packaged investments for long term, short sell or on margins that are within a particular index, say, the Dow Jones (DJIA), S&P 500, the Nasdaq or the Russell 2000

More popular now then they were in the early 80's when they were introduced. Most likely because they are less expensive to manage. Yet, their idea function is to trade at a consistent level as the index themselves. Meaning, fund manager use an investment strategy called Passive investing. Which tries to mimic the performance of the stocks within that particular index.  For instance,  your portfolio are groups of companies on Nasdaq. Whatever that market does as a whole, your fund manager will track and make adjustments accordingly. Typically, there are low turnover and lower management fees providing better returns.

ETFs To Watch For......

  • American Growth Fund Series Two Class E (AMREX) $4.82 +0.06 1.26%
  • Cronos Group Inc. (PRMCF) $9.31 +0.39 4.37%
  • ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJX) $39.19 +0.35  0.90% 
  • Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences  (HMMJ) $23.87 +0.08 0.34%
  • Tierra XP Latin America Real Estate ETF (LARE) $29.24 +0.08 0.29% 

 01/23/2018 Market Summary

Dow Jones  @ $26.210.81 (-3.79   0.01%)

Nasdaq         @ $7,460.29 (+52.26 0.71%)

S&P 500   @ $2,839.13 (+6.16  0.22%)

 'HODL" On those cryptocurrencies!
  • Bitcoin - $10,876.65  -0.80% (24 hr. Change)
  • Bitcoin cash - $1,613.13  -1.09%
  • Ethereum - $986.84  -1.46%  
  • Ripple -  $1.35  +1.42%
  • Litecoin -$177.64  -0.58%
  • Neo - $122.20  +0.03%
  • Cardano - $0.560  -1.84%

My next 5 of 20 companies that I am researching in 2018. These are not recommendation as stated, yet, are companies within industries that I feel are worthy of potential gains

ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit ~

SYNA    Synaptics Inc. ~

IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF ~

TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp ~

KEYS     Keysight Technologies ~

WeHit's 2018 PICK & TRACK  01/24/2018 
AMBA  Ambarella Inc $55.52 +0.78                1.51%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $11.94 +0.29                2.48%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $52.94 -0.13                 0.24%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $30.40 +0.96                3.26%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $73.44 -0.03                0.04%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $9.20 -0.22                2.35%           
HTC      HTC Corp$69.40 +0.10                0.14%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $19.60 +0.12                0.62%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $11.51 -1.03                8.21%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $24.60 -0.32                1.26%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $127.67 +0.35              0.27%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $44.90 -0.45               0.99%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $116.81 +1.29               1.12% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $29.49 -0.56              1.86%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $46.55 +0.08              0.18%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $7.16 +0.15              2.11%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$132.47 -0.26              0.20%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.62 -0.01              1.20%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.30                       -4.23%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $9.95 +0.70             7.57%    

DAILY  5  WINNERs & LOSERs  @ Sessions Close 
ResMed $100.35 + 12.73                14.53%

Mattel Inc. $17.76 + 1.67                 10.38%

Netflix Inc. $250.29 +22.71                 9.98%

Travelers Companies inc.$143.26 +7.00                  5.03%

Range Resources Corp $17.33 +0.77                  4.65%

SCANA Corp $41.16 -2.18                 5.03%

Johnson & Johnson $141.83 -6.31                  4.26%

Procter & Gamble CO $89.05 -2.82                 3.07%

Allstate Corp$101.25 -3.18                 3.05%

Ultra Beauty Inc. $228.79 -6.22                 2.65%


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