TLDR – TDR News – March 7th  to March 8th

Get a quick update on today’s essential news! We’ve condensed the most important information about Cannabis, Psychedelics, Crypto and Miners, AI, Small Cap REITS and Large $$ Volume Mega Caps into a brief format, saving you time and keeping you informed as you start your day. 

Recap of Yesterday

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Yesterday, the capital markets increased by nearly 1% as indicated by the TDR $$ Global 50 Index. The lesser known S&P 500 (it’s my Friday morning attempt at a joke, lol), also set record highs. Apart from cannabis, cryptocurrencies saw a slight increase, although crypto miners experienced a 2.6% decline. The TDR Comprehensive Cannabis Index dropped by 0.2%, and other cannabis sectors remained nearly unchanged, except for the TDR Cannabis Pharma Index, which fell by 4% during the day.

What’s Driving the Market Today?

The futures are showing a slightly positive open currently, here is what is in focus:

  1. Feb jobs data anticipated
  2. Powell hints at rate cuts
  3. ECB forecasts earlier cuts
  4. S&P 500 at new high
  5. Gold prices continue rise

Cannabis Capital Market News:

The High Flyers yesterday were led by Tilt which was up by just over 16%, and the Low Flyers were led by Leef, which was down over 22% on the day. Here are the charts of the High and Low Flyers:

Let’s examine the highlights from companies in the TDR Comprehensive Cannabis Index!

  1. Manitoba Harvest, a subsidiary of Tilray (Nasdaq: TLRY) launches Superseed Instant Oatmeal, expanding its plant-based breakfast options with three flavors.
  2. AFC Gamma (AFCG) reports a 2023 Q4 GAAP net loss of $9.2M and full-year net income of $21M, with a declared Q1 2024 dividend of $0.48 per share. Read all about it on the TDR Website!

Cannabis News 

  1. Minnesota’s retail cannabis sales start may be delayed beyond early 2025 due to regulatory and licensing processes.

Cannabis Policy Highlights from our Friends at Marijuana Moment:

  1. Florida lawmakers passed a bill restricting hemp products and banning delta-8 THC, despite opposition and potential impacts on the hemp industry.
  2. Senate Majority Leader Schumer reports productive talks on the bipartisan marijuana banking bill, with optimism for its passage this year.
  3. A Montana judge ruled lawmakers should have a chance to override the governor’s veto of a marijuana revenue bill.
  4. Colorado moves closer to allowing marijuana users to get concealed carry permits with a proposed ballot initiative.
  5. Arizona legislators narrow down marijuana-related bills to five, focusing on advertising restrictions and regulating hemp production amidst industry disputes.
  6. Virginia’s legislature sent Governor Youngkin bills for legal cannabis sales, resentencing for cannabis crimes, employment protections, and parental rights, awaiting his decision.
  7. Maryland legislators consider a bill to protect medical marijuana patients’ gun rights under state law, despite federal restrictions.
  8. A GOP congressman praised the House’s approval of a package encouraging the DOJ to study state marijuana laws in preparation for federal legalization.
  9. Virginia’s bill to legalize marijuana sales faces uncertainty as negotiations with Governor Youngkin collapse following Democrats’ rejection of an unrelated arena plan.

Crypto and Crypto Miners:

  1. The SEC has postponed its decision on allowing options trading for spot Bitcoin ETFs until April 24, affecting requests related to BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin ETF and a similar proposal by CBOE.
  2. Jerome Powell indicates a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is not expected in the near future, while Solana shows market recovery signs and Rebel Satoshi introduces new crypto opportunities post-successful presale.
  3. Bitfarms reveals growth in Q4, focusing on efficiency and strategic expansion despite industry challenges. Read all about it on the TDR Website!

Big $ Volume Big Caps Highlights:

  1. Disney (NYSE:DIS) battles boardroom challenges while CEO Bob Iger seeks to unify leadership amidst ongoing corporate and market shifts.
  2. Costco (NASDAQ:COST) reports Q2 Non-GAAP EPS of $3.71, beating estimates by $0.07, but $58.44B revenue falls short by $690M.
  3. The EU Commissioner deems the Apple vs. Epic Games conflict a priority, examining Apple’s termination of Epic’s account under the new Digital Markets Act.

Micro and Small Cap REITS:

  1. Ellington Residential (NASDAQ:EARN) Q4 shows strong earnings and strategic asset diversification. Read all about it on the TDR Website!

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