Pot stocks are getting killed again, Aurora Cannabis drops 14% in US trading debut

Pot stocks are getting killed again, Aurora Cannabis drops 14% in US trading debut 2

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Employee Martin Henderson walks past several plants of cannabis at Up’s cannabis factory in Lincoln, Ontario, on October 12, 2018.

Canadian marijuana stocks Tilray and Canopy Growth sank for a second day on Tuesday. Aurora Cannabis also fell sharply after debuting at the New York Stock Exchange.

Tilray dropped 11 percent on Tuesday in U.S. trading, while Canopy Growth lost 9 percent in Canada. The stocks are both down more than 20 percent in October alone.

An exchange-traded fund that tracks popular pot stocks fell 8 percent. Known as the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ), the fund dropped more than 9.2 percent on Monday, its second-worst day ever. The MJ ETF is down 22 percent this month.

Tilray fell more than 15.5 percent in the prior session, posting its worst day since Oct. 2, when it dropped 16.25 percent. After the bell the company said it issued $25 million in convertible notes in addition to the $450 million in notes tendered earlier in the year.

Toronto-listed Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth also contributed to Monday’s decline, sliding 12.2 percent and 11.2 percent, respectively. Aurora also started trading in the U.S. on Tuesday, dropping 14 percent in its NYSE debut.

Traders blamed several reasons for the sell-off in the big cannabis names. Several large conferences in the past few weeks, as well as legalization in Canada on Oct. 17, generated excitement in the space and bid up prices, one Canopy Growth shareholder told CNBC. Monday’s move may reflect a degree of profit-taking, investors said.

Investors could also be raising cash before the the launch of three big U.S.-based cannabis companies on Canadian stock exchanges within the next month, the trader said.

Acreage Holdings, one of the United States’ largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators, announced earlier this year that it had closed Series E funding round, securing $119 million of capital. The company is expected to launch on the Canadian Stock Exchange in early November.

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