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Buds & Duds: Cannabis stocks nudge up as Namaste shares continue to rise

Also on the move were True Leaf Brands, WeedMD, Aleafia, Planet 13, Aphria and Terra Tech
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Namaste shares continued to rise in anticipation of its 2018 financial results expected later this week

Cannabis stocks had an upbeat start Tuesday, with shares broadly up across US and Canadian markets.

The North American Marijuana Index, which tracks the top cannabis stocks in the US and Canada, was up 0.6% to 273.8 points on Tuesday. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF slipped 0.2% to C$20.18.

Buds

Namaste Technologies Inc (CVE:N) (OTCMKTS:NXTTF) shares continued to rise on Tuesday, up 6.1% at $0.66 in New York, up 3.6% at C$0.87 in Toronto.

The firm did not release any new news, however, it is expected to release its 2018 financial statements later this week. 

Last week, Namaste released news that Calgary-based Choklat Inc, in which it acquired a 49% interest in March this year, has submitted its license application for edibles manufacturing. Choklat is the largest premium craft chocolate maker in Canada with existing sales through its e-commerce site and through a network of distributors across Canada.

READ: True Leaf signs first CBD supply agreement ahead of summer debut of CBD pet products

Other gainers on Tuesday included True Leaf Brands Inc (CSE:MJ) (OTCQMKTS:TRLFF) (FSE:TLA), which announced Monday it has signed its first cannabidiol (CBD) supply agreement with Atalo Holdings Inc as the Canadian company prepares to roll out a line of CBD products for pets this summer.

Shares were up 2.2% at C$0.47 in Canadian trading. 

Kentucky-based Atalo Holdings, a private hemp farmer and processor, will supply CBD oil to True Leaf, which is planning to debut in August its suite of new CBD products at SuperZoo, North America’s premier pet-industry trade show in Las Vegas.

READ: WeedMD gets Health Canada approval to bolster Strathroy facility

Also gaining Tuesday was WeedMD Inc (CVE:WMD) (OTCMKTS:WDDMF), which received Health Canada approval to bolster its Strathroy facility on Monday. 

The Toronto-based company announced it had received a licence amendment from Health Canada to include an additional processing area with semi-automated packaging lines, which have just been constructed and installed.

Shares were up 1% at C$1.74 in Toronto. 

The processing room and packaging lines are currently undergoing final testing and calibration, and are expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of this year.

Duds

There were a number of laggards on Tuesday. 

Aphria Inc (TSE:APHA) (NYSE:APHA) shares dropped on Tuesday, down 4.8% at C$9.83 in Toronto.

Last week, Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating, and a price target of C$15, 115% above its current trading level, highlighting the disconnect between its valuation and the company’s positioning.

Other laggards Tuesday included Terra Tech Corp (OTCMKTS:TRTC), which was down 6% at US$0.70.

Planet 13 Holdings Inc (CSE:PLTH) (OTCMKTS:PLNHF) shares continued to slide on Monday, down 7.1% at US$1.99 in New York. 

The cannabis company based in Nevada was uplisted to the OTCQX Best Market last week and is expected to release its first quarter financials on Thursday.

Aleafia Health Inc (TSE:ALEF) (OTCMKTS:ALEAF) shares were also lagging Tuesday, however, did not release any new news.

Shares were down 5.1% at C$1.12 in New York. 

Contact Katie Lewis at [email protected]

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