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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Green Rush: Cannabis ~ The Business Era of Recreational & Medical Marijuana / Week's End Markets

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I have been wondering how I would introduce the conversation on cannabis, marijuana stocks as an investment opportunity. I guess a quick overview of the plants infamous background would be about as grand a start as any.........

A Brief History of Marijuana/Cannabis:

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Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash

There's still a large misconception and it's short history of negative publicity surrounding "Grass, bud, weed, reefer, green, herb, 420, ganja, pot, chronic, dank, kush & blunts."

Which are just a few of terminologies used over the years. 

Yah or Nah on Legalization of Medical/Recreational Marijuana/Cannabis use?

Yet, long before Marijuana/Cannabis received such a adverse label......."Hemp" had a whether important part in Americas early development.

Starting around the mid 1500's , the Spanish introduced hemp to the new lands. This plant was a major commodity, grown with the likes of tobacco and consumed as a source of fiber. Hemp was even traded as currency, as well as made into paper and clothing. One could even be fined for not producing/growing the plant.

It was around the late 1800's, that hemp plant began to be replaced with cotton.

The stigma associated with marijuana for years stems from an ambitous politician name Harry Anslinger. Anslinger headed what was essentially the nation’s first drug czar, the Commissioner to the Department Bureau of Narcotics from 1930 to 1962.   Anslinger was clearly a racist and attempted to make big of his position in Department of Prohibition after the failed attempt at alcohol prohibition.

He had in fact, deemed the plant "Demon weed" in the 1930's.  By creating a fear in the publics eyes. He tied marijuana use to an infamous murder of that time. (Victor Licata). 

Excerpts from newspapers owned by one of Americas early media mogul William Hearst that helped fuel this negative campaign against marijuana usage.

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”
“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”
“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
“You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.”
“Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”

I think, 2018 will now become a most definitive time in the history of the plant. 

There are now, 30 legal medical marijuana usage states & 8 recreational usage states. Each state having their own set of by-laws.

California was the first state to accept legalized medical marijuana in 1996. Not surprised, followed by.......

  • 1998: Alaska, Oregon, & Washington
  • 1999: Maine 
  • 2000: Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada
  •  2004: Montana, Vermont
  • 2006: Rhode Island
  • 2007: New Mexico
  • 2008: Michigan
  • 2010: Arizona, D.C., New Jersey
  • 2011: Delaware
  • 2012: Connecticut, Massachusetts
  • 2013: Illinois, New Hampshire
  • 2014: Maryland, Minnesota, New York
  • 2015: Louisiana
  • 2016: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Dakota, Arkansas

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Our neighbors up stairs, Canada, will be fully legalizing the usage on the 1st of July 2018.  They approved medical use back in 2017.


What does medical marijuana really do?

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Though the FDA ~ The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has not yet approved many marijuana plants as medicine due to the lack of research. This is starting to change as more studies become readily available with promising results. 

With the recent introduction of bill H.R. 3391: The Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017. This bill amends the federal law so that scientist can facilitate clinical studies involving the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products

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Some of these growing study on it's effect on certain medical conditions includes:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • ALS
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • GI Disorders
  • Gliomas/Cancer
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Incontinence
  • Migraine
  • MRSA
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Pruritus
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Tourette Syndrome

There are three approved man-made cannabinoid (organic chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) ) medicines > Dronabinol (Marinol) & Nabilone (Cesamet) that treats nausea & vomiting from chemotherapy.  As well as a liquid form of Dronabinol called Syndros.

Even though man has been cultivating and consuming the potent tops of female cannabis plants since the beginning of known history. Scientists have found that ancient cultures cultivated marijuana for pharmaceutical and prophetic purposes.

Despite a long history ban on the use of the plant, that was first imposed by Congress under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 and then later classifying the cannabis plant as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

Drugs like cocaine & methamphetamine that can still be consumed under a doctor's supervision are classified as Schedule II drugs. Where alcohol & tobacco are unscheduled.

Recreational Marijuana:

Modern society continues to indulge in the recreational use of cannabis as more and more states deem to decriminalize and legalize the plant.

Those that support the legalization of cannabis believe through conducted studies that this negative attitude towards marijuana has been disastrous considering the nations incarceration numbers.

The "pro" side of legalized cannabis use include:

  • Tax revenues
  • Alcohol and Tobacco far more harmful 
  • The cost of enforcement is not cost efficient
  • The laws are racially discriminatory

Legalization would also cut down the black market and money laundering aspect of this current mentality.
But this growing industry is facing a federal crackdown under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has compared cannabis to heroin. 

General requirements for recreational use are > 21 years of age, no public smoking, must be a licensed dispensary to buy or sell, can have anywhere from 1 ounce to as much as 10 ounces depending on the state. 

Edibles and oils that can be used in vapor pens are becoming very popular in the recreational user circles.

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Investing in the future of Marijuana/Cannabis Industry:

As states increasingly allow the plant to be sold legally for medical & recreational use. It can be foreseen that investors would capitalize on this emerging industry. In 2017, the medical marijuana industry went up by 17% to about $6 billion. This industry is set to increase by another 25% this year alone. Estimates are charting $40 - $50 billion by 2025. It's a risky endeavor now yet, the future is on the right path to a very prosperous venture.

The tax revenues associated with the expansion of legalized use has proving fruitful in every state. Colorado saw a 57% increase between 2015 & 2016. Across the board, theses states are seeing much higher tax collection than from alcohol taxes. Even with the nasty history this plant has lived with. There is no denying that the benefits of legalization of marijuana/cannabis outweighs any past negativity. As I'm sure with most of the mentality in the political world........Money talks BS walks!

Millionaires are being made, industries are opening up, jobs are being added. Consumers as well as patients with medical conditions are much HAPPIER😉 Win-Win!

The Week's End Market Summary: 

  • DJI closed over 26K at $26,071.72 (+53.91   0.21%)
  • Nasdaq $7,336.38 (+40.33    0.55%)
  • S&P 500  $2,810.30  (+12.27   0.44%)

On the crypto front the word of the day is 'HODL" 

  • Bitcoin - $11,573.45  -9.65 (24 hr. Change)
  • Bitcoin cash - $1,774.76  -11.48%
  • Ethereum - $1,048.17  -8.73%  
  • Ripple -  $1.38  -12.05%
  • Litecoin -$190.32  -9.14
  • Neo - $131.08  -11.50%
  • Cardano - $0.615  -11.95

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

WeHit's 2018 PICK & TRACK  01/20-21/2018 
AMBA  Ambarella Inc $51.38 -1.22                2.32%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $10.77 +0.30                2.88%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $53.60 +0.89                1.69%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $28.00 +0.14                0.50%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $73.07 +0.89                1.23%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $9.79 +0.05                0.51%           
HTC      HTC Corp$71.10 +0.00                0.00%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $19.91 +0.11                0.56%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $13.10 -0.38                2.82%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $25.06 +017                0.68%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $125.95 +0.55               0.44%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $45.59 +0.70               1.56%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $112.00 +0.73               0.66% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $37.48 +0.52              1.41%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $46.33 +0.55              1.19%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $6.53 -0.27               3.97%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$132.49 +0.74              0.56%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.62 -0.01              1.20%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.84                        12.59%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $8.40 -0.15               1.75%    

DAILY  5  WINNERs & LOSERs  @ Sessions Close 
Mattel Inc. $16.14  + 0.91                5.98%

HanesBrands Inc. $23.20 + 1.20                 5.45%

Nike Inc. $67.21 +3.10                  4.84%

Kohls Corp$67.54 +2.69                  4.16%

Under Armours Inc. $14.21 +0.51                  3.72%

IBM Corp $162.37 - 6.79                 4.01%

CBS Corp $57.75 -2.25                   3.75%

McCormick & CO. Inc. $99.19 -3.70                  3.60%

Qorvo Inc.$68.40 -2.30                 3.25%

General Electric Co $16.26 -0.51                   3.04%



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HODL - 26K Think Long Term & Other Investment Trends

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It's a brand new day.......

After a rollercoaster of a ride yesterday on Wall street, record high ends the session today. The DOW Jones after breaking the 26K barrier yesterday did not sustain there. However, today.......

  • DJI closed over 26K at $26,115.62 (+322.79   1.25%)
  • Nasdaq $7,298.28 (+74.59    1.03%)
  • S&P 500  $2,802.56  (+26.14   0.94%)

Encouraging statements out of APPLE (APPL) $179.10 (+2.91 1.65%), as they announce a $350 billion investment excluding a $5 billion advanced manufacturing fund & expects to add 20,000 jobs over the next 5 years. All the while it will pay a $38 billion tax bill, so that foreign money can be moved back into the US.

Boeing Co (BA) $351.01 (+15.85   4.73%)  Travel, airbus demands seems to be the motivation behind it's strong market growth.

IBM (IBM) $168.65 (+4.80  2.93%) up on speculations of cloud computing, possible share gains in microprocessors on the wake of Intel & Advanced Micro Devices chip flaws.

On the crypto front the word of the day is 'HODL" 

As I mentioned in yesterday post. This is what the markets do. Spikes & dips......Candlesticks

Yet, rest assure that the current market actions are just what is needed......volatility! When you have a 2000% upward trend over the course of 12 months, one can surely expect this kind of market actions 01/16/2018. Where most altcoins took between a 16.00% and 30.00% dip.

People have to remember that in the early stage of the game, long-term should be the thought process. Hold, study what are the causes, act but don't over react!

There will be multiple situations over the coming months/years that will cause one to go into panic mode. Regulatory concerns, China, Korea, the US dollar, gold prices. The list can go on. Yet, knowing that you are in it for the long haul should be of some relief.  

If you are one of the early birds that got in some year ago and beyond. You are still sitting pretty. Your gains far out weight any current losses of recent days.  From the chart below, you can see that most top coins are up in the plus range over the last 24 hrs.
  • Bitcoin - $11,426.15  +8.28 (24 hr. Change)
  • Bitcoin cash - $1,769.67  8.09%
  • Ethereum - $1,045.12  12.26%  
  • Ripple -  $1.33  +33.60%
  • Litecoin -$192.89  +16.33%
  • Neo - $152.69  +30.56%
  • Cardano - $0.673  +29.61

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

HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. ~ Headquartered in Taiwan in 2001, dedicated to display imaging processing technologies.
Himax is a worldwide market leader in display driver ICs and timing controllers used in TVs, laptops, monitors, mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, car navigation, virtual reality (VR) devices and many other consumer electronics devices. Additionally, Himax designs and provides controllers for touch sensor displays, in-cell Touch and Display Driver Integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions, LED driver ICs, power management ICs, scaler products for monitors and projectors, tailor-made video processing IC solutions, silicon IPs and LCOS micro-displays for augmented reality (AR) devices and head-up displays (HUD) for automotive.

HTC      HTC Corp ~ Founded in 1997 this innovator in communcation and internet. Since 2014, they expanded into IoT categories and launched HTC RE™ camera and unveiled UA HealthBox™ to bring an innovative approach to fitness technology. HTC VIVE™ provides users the most immersive virtual reality experience.

RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc ~ A first mover on the NASDAQ focused on blockchain technology. Leverages its expertise and network to build and support blockchain technology companies. Entered into a definitive agreement to complete a transaction with Cresval Capital Corp.  TessPay is a blockchain company developing a supply chain payment platform for businesses to attempt to guarantee payment on time and in full.

SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. ~ Originated around 1886, this holding company offers discount brokerage services through its subsidiary Muriel Siebert & Co., which has been in business and a member of the New York Stock Exchange since 1967.  A letter of intent with (NASDAQ:OSTK) to offer discount brokerage services through a portal on Overstock's website will launch 1Q of 2018

STM     STMicroelectronics  Is a French-Italian multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Among the world’s largest semiconductor companies is a leading Integrated Device Manufacturer serving all electronics segments.  A leading technology innovator (approximately 7,500 people working in R&D, ~16,000 owned patents in ~9,500 patent families and ~500 new patent filed. 

WeHIT 2018 PICK & TRACK  UPDATED 01/17/2018
AMBA  Ambarella Inc$53.80+0.11            0.20%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc$9.92+0.30           3.12%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc$53.42+1..01          1.93%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc$27.49-2.16            7.28%
  A      Agilent Techn. Inc.$72.06+0.83            1.17%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc.$9.89+0.02             0.20%           
HTC      HTC Corp$73.00+0.40             0.55%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc$17.76-0.52              2.84%            
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp.$13.68+1.86             153.74%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics$24.34+0.44              1.84%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate$125.50+0.57              0.46%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc.$46.82-0.54              1.14%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF$111.41+0.81             0.73% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp$30.24+0.98             3.36%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies$46.01+1.26              2.82%  
VFFIF    Village Farms Inter.$6.20+0.01              0.11%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$131.72-0.03               0.02%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma $0.66+0.05              7.65%                     
VTC       Vertcoins$4.14                      10.82%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp.$8.20+0.05             0.61%

DAILY  5  GAINERS & LOSERs   01/17/2018
Lam Research Corp $205.08  +14.69                7.72%

KLA - Tencor Corp $113.49 +5.83                   5.42%

Texas Instrument Inc $119.16 +6.24                    5.53%

Applied Materials Inc$57.34 +2.84                    5.21%

Boeing Co $351.01 +15.70                   4.68%

Ford Motor Co $12.18 -0.92                     7.02%

Fastenal Co $52.20 -3.24                     5.84%

General Electric Co $17.35 -0.86                     4.72%

DISH Network Corp$45.45 -2.54                     5.29%

Dentsply Sirona Inc $62.65 -3.00                     4.57%


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Monday, January 15, 2018

My Personal Top PICK & TRACK Stocks for 2018

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The "2018 Wehit "Pick & Track" chart will be a personal top 20 pick that I have an interest in. These picks, I will post as of this posting several times a week on their progress.They are a variation of biotech, technology, cannabis and cryptocurrency entities. I am watching the performance of these stocks as part of an on-going research into these industries in 2018. Again, these are of interest to @wehit and are in no way a recommendation.

Stocks are a weird entity of sorts.  For centuries humans have made and lost fortunes in the markets. Billions have been invested, millions spent trying to understand it's behavior. Which is probably why we are drawn towards it's unpredictability and risk it's financial rewards.


01/16/2018 (LOTs  of REDS)

Today, the Dow hits 26K yet closed out at $25,792.86  -10.33  0.04% (+4.34 for the year)

As the Nasdaq slides $7,224.00 -37.06  0.51% (+4.64 for the year)

While the S&P500 holds @ 2776.42 0.00  0.00% (+3.85 for 2018)

All on the heels of the euro as it hits a 3yr. high against the USD.

GE takes a beating, dipping -0.55  2.93% to $18.21

In the crypto world,  also on edge, even though the altcoins are performing as expected when you throw volatility in the mix. Still, most took a grave hit today.

  • Bitcoin - $11,256.55  -16.39%
  • Bitcoin cash - $1,770.17  -23.03%
  • Ethereum - $1,036.69  -17.42%  
  • Ripple -  $1.21  -24.39%
  • Litecoin -$189.46  -16.37%
  • Neo - $142.17  -21.58%
  • Cardano - $0.595  -19.67

It seems that most altcoins took a huge dip between -16.00% to -30.00%

Welcome to the world of investments........

The stock markets with it's SPIKE's (up's) and DIP's (down's) acts almost as if they were a pinball machine, bouncing around, up & down day in day out.  Never knowing when that ball will slip between your flippers. 

Yet, the financial returns are a sense of  future security, particular when in it for the long-term. If you are planning to invest in a company knowingly for 5, 10 15 years. Tracking will only cause you an emotional distress. That seesaw reflection you will witness, likely will keep you up at nights.

However, tracking the companies that you have shares with is your obligation .  As an investor, you want as much information on financial reports, company earnings, quarterly meetings, management changes and data on stocks. Again, this is your duty, as your future yields & gains depends on knowing the happenings of said company.

Below, I have taken the first 5 of 20 companies that I am researching in 2018. These are not recommendation as stated, yet, are within industries that I feel are worthy of potential gains. 

We have watch the markets doing extremely well recently. And giving the current tax breaks, industries , the likes of Biotech, including medical marijuana, companies involved in drones, virtual/augmented (VR/AR) reality technologies as well as altcoins, stand to do very well in my opinion this year.

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AMBA  Ambarella Inc ~ Is a high definition/ultra HD video chip processor company founded in 2004. Currently employing nearly 700 personnel. Ambarella supplies their chips to GoPro, IP securities, non-GoPro wearables as well as drones. It's CEO Fermi wang, have informed of it successful demonstrated of it's CV1 chip to customers and quote "solid execution in support of the development and delivery of our next generation computer vision solutions." And has begun sampling it in both the security & automotive markets.

ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc ~ A medical marijuana producer & distributor. Founded out of Canada in 2006, has recently expanded it's management team. With plans to buy a 17.6% stake in a privately held marijuana grower named Green Organic Dutchman Holdings for $44 million.

2017, being a very good year for this company per it's 4Q & full 2017 financial report . With this year looking extremely well due to projects like the Aurora Sky near completion. Just in time for Canada's official legalization on July 1st 2018.

AVAV    AeroVironment Inc ~ Founded in the early 70's (1971), this is an American technology company. They supply the military and commercial application for unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial information solutions for electric vehicle (EV) system & energy systems. 

At the 2018 CES in Las Vegas this company unveiled it's next-generation EV charging station for commercial, workplace, utility and residential customers around the world called "TurboDX™".

EXEL    Exelixis Inc ~ Founded in 1995, this research & development company has three medicines discovered by Exelixis researchers that treat patients living with certain types of kidney cancer, thyroid cancer and advanced melanoma.

With substantial gains this year, this company stand to flourish in 2018. Data provided indicates improved survival rates among patients with advanced-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. And is said to be ready to apply to the FDA, which could increase it $7.7 billion market cap a largely undeserved population.

A      Agilent Techn. Inc. ~  A global leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. Founded in 1999, as a spin-off from Hewlett-Packard, here is another research, development & manufacturing company. They have won tons of awards in innovations with as many patents for inventions in tow. 

With the recent acquired Cork, Ireland-based Luxcel Biosciences "Luxcel", a developer of real-time fluorescence plate-reader based in vitro cell assay kits. The acquisition expands Agilent's cell analysis portfolio with the addition of easy-to-use assay kits that are compatible with industry standard plate-readers.

This company works with customers in more than 100 countries, providing instruments, software, services and consumables for the entire laboratory workflow.

WeHIT 2018 PICK & TRACK  UPDATED 01/16/2018 (Closed MLK Day)
AMBA  Ambarella Inc $53.69 -1.23                2.24%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $9.62 +1.32                 15.91%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $52.41 -1.66                 3.07%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $29.65 -0.73                 2.40%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $71.23 -0.50                 0.70%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $9.87 -0.83                  7.76%           
HTC      HTC Corp$72.40 -0.20                 0.28%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $18.28 -3.60                 16.45%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $11.82 -2.34                  16.53%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $23.90 -0.33                 1.36%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $124.93 -0.19                 0.15%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $47.36 -2.40                4.82%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $110.60 -1.38                 1.23% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $29.36 -3.35                 12.94%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $44.75 -0.06                 0.13%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $6.19 +0.43                 7.42%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$131.75 -0.29                 0.22%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.61 -0.04                  6.46%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.00                          22.93%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $8.15 -0.40                4.68%    

DAILY  5  WINNERs & LOSERs  (Closed MLK day) Update @ Close!
Merck & Co Inc $62.07  + 3.41                  5.81%

Qualcomm Inc $68.25 +  2.87                    4.39%

MGM Resorts International $36.03 +1.00                     2.85 %

equinix Inc$448.10 +12.15                    2.79%

McKesson Corp $170.66 +4.41                      2.65%

Netease $322.08 - 6.75                  2.05%

Under Armour Inc $13.81 -1.31                   8.66%

Viacom Inc. $31.38 -2.38                  7.05%

Alliance Data systems Corp$258.07 -18.34                 6.64%

CF Industries Holdings $40.71 -2.81                   6.46%



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