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Canopy Growth may have lost its lead in Canadian recreational cannabis: GMP

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By Ciara Linnane

Canopy Growth Corp. /zigman2/quotes/200603886/composite CGC -8.51% /zigman2/quotes/202205609/delayed CA:WEED -8.71% seems to have lost its market lead in adult-use cannabis in Canada, GMP Securities said Friday. Analyst Ryan Macdonell slashed his stock price target to C$45 from C$65, after the company reported earnings for its fiscal first quarter that were mostly below expectations. But the company's setting aside of a C$6.4 million provision against oil and gelcaps being returned due to oversupply may be a company-specific problem, said Macdonell. The analyst calculated that 23% of the company's third-quarter and 50% of its fourth-quarter recreational market volumes were extract products, while extracts accounted for an average of 7% of the sell-through volume in the recreational market since inception. "We are decreasing our price target as the lacklustre performance in recreational market sales could indicate that Canopy has lost the leading position," he wrote in a note. "We remain positive on WEED over the long-term as we expect the company is well prepared for cannabis 2.0.," he said, referring to the launch of new formats including edibles later this year. Canopy shares were up 2% premarket, but have fallen 17% this week and 39% in three months. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF /zigman2/quotes/204332491/composite MJ -1.75% has fallen 24% in the last three months, while the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.0020% has lost 1%.

/zigman2/quotes/200603886/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 26.34
-2.45 -8.51%
Volume: 5.75M
Sept. 19, 2019 6:30p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$9.16 billion
Rev. per Employee
$115,039
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/zigman2/quotes/202205609/delayed
CA : Canada: Toronto
$ 34.92
-3.33 -8.71%
Volume: 2.25M
Sept. 19, 2019 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$12.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
$150,142
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/zigman2/quotes/204332491/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE Arca
$ 23.58
-0.42 -1.75%
Volume: 674,589
Sept. 19, 2019 8:00p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,006.79
+0.06 +0.0020%
Volume: 1.55B
Sept. 19, 2019 5:17p
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