Robinhood Is Struggling to Execute Trades of Marijuana Stocks as Demand Surges
The irrational exuberance found within the marijuana sector has hit extraordinary levels. So much so that Robinhood, a leading commission-free trading app that is most popular among millennials, is reportedly struggling to keep up with the demand for marijuana stocks.
On Wednesday, Robinhood was forced to suspend trading for Aurora Cannabis (ACBFF), a leading marijuana company that is reportedly in discussions with Coca-Cola (KO) to develop a cannabis-infused beverage.
“This is happening because there’s limited support at execution venues for the large volume of ACBFF orders we’ve received,” Robinhold told the more than 81,000 investors who hold Aurora Cannabis shares through the app.
The news came the same day as shares of Tilray (TLRY), a Canadian marijuana producer, jumped nearly 40%, bringing the company to a market capitalization of $20 billion. The stock’s valuation is up nearly 10x since it was listed for trading on the Nasdaq back in July.
As many of the top marijuana stocks continue to post massive gains week over week, notable short-selling investors are beginning to become more vocal in what they see as a massive opportunity to take advantage of an irrational market action.
Perhaps the most prominent being Andrew Left, a leading activist short-seller who runs Citron Research, who sees the run-up in these stocks as being caused by nothing more than low floats and artificial demand that will give out eventually.
The move in Tilray is beyond comprehension. No one needs a market pundit to explain that. This is just the dynamic of trading low float stocks. Yes we are short and will hold a manageable position until rationality sets in
— Citron Research (@CitronResearch) September 19, 2018
It is clear, for the time being, that marijuana stocks have taken the spotlight away from the equally speculative digital asset class.
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