American Cannabis Stocks Extend Big 2020 Gains by Jumping 23% in January

The American Cannabis Operator Index moved higher for the fourth consecutive month in January, advancing 23.3% to 77.74:

It gained 45.7% in 2020, when it ended at 63.05, and has rebounded 436.1% from an all-time closing low on March 18th at 14.50:

The index, which launched at the end of October 2018 with a value of 100, reached a closing high of 124.16 a week later before declining to 70.64 in late December 2018. It then rallied as high as 119.53 in early April 2019 before selling off over the balance of the year and into March 2020:

During January, the index included 25 companies, including 22 multi-state operators (MSOs) and 3 focused solely on CBD extracted from industrial hemp. Four companies posted returns in excess of 40%, while four declined during the month:

The four best performing stocks in January included Acreage Holdings (CSE: ACRG.A) (OTC: ACRHF), Schwazze (OTC: SHWZ), Vireo Health (CSE: VREO) (OTC: VREOF) and MariMed (OTC: MRMD). With the exception of Vireo Health, these were all poor performers in December and in 2020, so there was a bit of bottom-fishing perhaps. Acreage Holdings rallied on the strength of its potential merger partner, Canopy Growth, as well as perceived higher odds that the transaction could take place sooner given the change in control of the Senate. Schwazze, which declined 44% in 2020 when it failed to close several pending acquisitions, jumped late in the month. Vireo Health, a big winner in 2020, gained after New York, where it is one of ten license-holders, introduced legislation that would legalize adult-use sales. MariMed, which lost 24% in 2020, extended its gains from a late November rally.

The four worst performing stocks included C21 Investments (CSE: CXXI) (OTC: CXXIF), Cansortium (CSE: TIUM.U) (OTC: CNTMF), Planet 13 Holdings (CSE: PLTH) (CSE: PLNHF) and Indus Holdings (CSE: INDS) (OTC: INDXF). C21 Investments pulled back after a 42% rally in December. The company, which jumped in late November after it restructured its debt after receiving commitments from Wasatch Global, JW Asset Management and CB1 Capital, divested its Oregon operations during the month. Cansortium sagged after Cresco Labs announced its pending acquisition of Bluma Wellness. It had jumped late in the year following the announcement of the pending Ayr Strategies acquisition of Liberty Health, and investors seem to have lowered their expectations of the company being acquired by a larger MSO. Planet 13 Holdings, a big winner in 2020, digested gains as it raised capital for the fourth time since last summer during the month. Indus Holdings, which has been consolidating since a capital raise in December, announced in January that it intends to construct a purpose-built cultivation and processing facility in California rather than to proceed with a retrofit project.

For February, the number of names will increase to 34, with 9 additions that include Body and Mind (CSE: BAMM) (OTC: BMMJ), Hollister Biosciences (CSE: HOLL) (OTC: HSTRF) iAnthus Capital (CSE: IAN) (OTC: ITHUF), Next Green Wave (CSE: NGW) (OTC: NXGWF), SLANG Worldwide (CSE: SLNG) (OTC: SLGWF), Stem Holdings (CSE: STEM) (OTC: STMH), Terra Tech (OTC: TRTC), The Parent Company (NEO: GRAM.U) (OTC: GRAMF) and VEXT Science (CSE: VEXT) (OTC: VEXTF).

In the next monthly review, we will summarize the performance for February and discuss any additions or deletions. Be sure to bookmark the page to stay current on American cannabis operators stock price movements within the day or from day-to-day.

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Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online communities 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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