Opinion https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/146540 en 10 Financial Instagram Accounts To Follow https://www.benzinga.com/opinion/19/08/14286696/10-financial-instagram-accounts-to-follow <p><strong>Twitter Inc </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/twtr#NYSE">TWTR</a>) has long been the town square of the&nbsp;finance community online, but <strong>Facebook&#39;s </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/fb#NASDAQ">FB</a>) Instagram is emerging as another platform with accounts filled with valuable insights on &mdash; and sometimes&nbsp;pure parody of &mdash; the financial world.</p> <p>Benzinga wanted to highlight 10 financial Instagram accounts to follow,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.instagram.com/benzinga">aside from our own</a>. The term &quot;finstagram&quot; has already been reserved for something entirely different, however.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.instagram.com/mrsdowjones">@mrsdowjones</a></h3> <p>Mrs. Dow Jones calls herself a financial pop ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/opinion/19/08/14286696/10-financial-instagram-accounts-to-follow alt=10 Financial Instagram Accounts To Follow>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> David Solomon FB GS Instagram TWTR Opinion Tech GS US38141G1040 FB TWTR US90184L1026 Opinion Tech Benzinga Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:22:28 +0000 Brett Hershman 14286696 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Aurora Cannabis, Ocean Power Technologies, Pivotal Software, Up Fintech, or Tilray? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14319140/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aurora-cannabis-ocean-power-technologies-pivotal-software-up-fintec <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 23, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for ACB, OPTT, PVTL, TIGR, and TLRY.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To see how InvestorsObserver&#39;s proprietary scoring system rates these stocks, view the InvestorsObserver&#39;s PriceWatch Alert by selecting the corresponding link.</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">ACB: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14319140/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aurora-cannabis-ocean-power-technologies-pivotal-software-up-fintec alt=Thinking about buying stock in Aurora Cannabis, Ocean Power Technologies, Pivotal Software, Up Fintech, or Tilray?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACB Banking/Financial Services OPTT PVTL TIGR TLRY Small Cap Opinion Press Releases OPTT US6748703088 TIGR US8867EQ1017 ACB PVTL TLRY US88688T1007 Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14319140 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about trading options or stock in Apple, Boeing, Salesforce, Walt Disney Co, or JPMorgan Chase? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14319141/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-apple-boeing-salesforce-walt-disney-co-or-jpmorgan-chas <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 23, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AAPL, BA, CRM, DIS, and JPM.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Click a link below then choose between in-depth options trade idea report or a stock score report.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Options Report – Ideal trade ideas on up to seven different options ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14319141/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-apple-boeing-salesforce-walt-disney-co-or-jpmorgan-chas alt=Thinking about trading options or stock in Apple, Boeing, Salesforce, Walt Disney Co, or JPMorgan Chase?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AAPL BA Banking/Financial Services CRM DIS JPM Opinion Press Releases AAPL US0378331005 BA US0970231058 CRM US79466L3024 DIS US2546871060 JPM US46625H1005 Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14319141 at https://www.benzinga.com Financialbuzz.com: 'Market Recap' Week Ending August 23rd, 2019 https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14318888/financialbuzz-com-market-recap-week-ending-august-23rd-2019 <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 23, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. markets began the week stronger following optimism revolving around trade talks as well as a global stimulus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened 304.42 points or 1.18% higher on Monday morning as U.S. President <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Donald Trump</span> digested Apple Chief Executive Officer <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Tim Cook&#39;s</span> warning that additional tariffs could hurt Apple&#39;s operations and give its rivals a competitive advantage. In response, Trump said Cook made a &#34;good case&#34; and would reevaluate the tariffs. Despite the reevaluation, Trump also made it clear that he does not U.S. companies to do business with Chinese technology giant Huawei because of national security concerns. On Tuesday, markets declined throughout the day as investors focused on the Federal Reserve&#39;s Jackson Hole symposium at the end of the week. Despite the decline, markets recovered on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve&#39;s meeting minutes from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">July 30th to July 31st</span> were released. The minutes revealed that the Federal Reserve members believed &#34;it was important to maintain optionality in setting policy.&#34; The rate setting Federal Open Market Committee voted 8-2 in favor of lowering short-term interest rates by 25 basis points to 2%-2.25%. Most members who supported the cut agreed with Chairman <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Jerome Powell</span> stance that it was a &#34;mid-cycle adjustment.&#34; The reasoning for cutting the rates is largely due to foreign concern among policymakers over a global economic slowdown as well as the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">China</span>. However, markets retreated once again on Thursday as the Dow Jones dropped by over 250 points ahead of the Federal Reserve&#39; symposium after starting the morning higher. Kansas City Federal Reserve President <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Esther George</span> indicated on Thursday that she would not support further rate cuts. Similarly, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Philadelphia&#39;s</span> Federal Reserve President <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Patrick Harker</span> supported the rate cut at first, but now wants rates to remain steady, according to MarketWatch. The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/HD#NYSE" rel="nofollow">HD</a>), Lowe&#39;s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/LOW#NYSE" rel="nofollow">LOW</a>), Target Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TGT#NYSE" rel="nofollow">TGT</a>), Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/JWN#NYSE" rel="nofollow">JWN</a>), BJ&#39;s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BJ#NYSE" rel="nofollow">BJ</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Despite the decline on Thursday, the Dow Jones recovered throughout the end of the day in light of Powell&#39;s announcement on Friday about a possible September rate cut. The Dow Jones closed 49.51 points or 0.19% higher on Friday. The S&amp;P 500 closed 1.48 or 0.05% lower, while the Nasdaq Composite finished 28.82 points or 0.36% lower. &#34;We already knew that last months Fed rate cut was likely to be a contentious decision, given the differing views that were already being voiced in the lead-up to the decision,&#34; wrote <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Michael Hewson</span>, Chief Market Analyst at CMC Markets, in a daily research note. &#34;Yesterday&#39;s release of the minutes only served to confirm that view, and while Fed [Chairman] <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Jay Powell</span> pushed the line that the reduction was a &#34;mid-cycle adjustment&#34; policy makers were sharply split on the course of action to take.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">For our latest &#34;Buzz on the Street&#34; Show featuring &#34;Retail Earnings Report&#34; please visit: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ujs4_ocWw" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ujs4_ocWw</a> </b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Home Depot, Inc. </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/HD#NYSE" rel="nofollow">HD</a>) reported its second quarter financial results before the opening bell on Tuesday. The home-goods retailer provided better-than-expected earnings, but missed analysts&#39; revenue estimates. Despite the revenue miss, Home Depot shares gained 3.7% shortly after the market opened. For the second quarter, Home Depot reported earnings of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 3.17</span> per share on revenues of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 30.84 Billion</span>. Analysts expected earnings of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 3.08</span> per share on revenues of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 30.99 Billion</span>. Same-store sales for the quarter were up 3%, falling short of analysts&#39; estimates of 3.5%. Home Depot reported that revenues increased by 1.2% year-over-year, largely due to the momentum it is experiencing in ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14318888/financialbuzz-com-market-recap-week-ending-august-23rd-2019 alt=Financialbuzz.com: &#039;Market Recap&#039; Week Ending August 23rd, 2019>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Accounting news Banking/Financial Services BJ HD issues JWN LOW TGT Small Cap Opinion Press Releases BJ HD US4370761029 JWN US6556641008 LOW US5486611073 TGT US87612E1064 Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14318888 at https://www.benzinga.com Billion Dollar Gold Belt Found in Southern Mali https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14318511/billion-dollar-gold-belt-found-in-southern-mali <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">LONDON</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 23, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- What&#39;s it like to strike it rich? It&#39;s probably like finding gold in the middle of nowhere. Well, that&#39;s exactly what happened in a corner of a West African country, where miners uncovered a nugget weighing 1 kilogram worth <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$45,400</span>.  Mentioned in today&#39;s commentary includes <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Eldorado Gold Corporation </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/EGO#NYSE" rel="nofollow">EGO</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Yamana Gold Inc. </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AUY#NYSE" rel="nofollow">AUY</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Agnico Eagle Mines Limited </b>(NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AEM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">AEM</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Kinross Gold Corporation</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KGC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">KGC</a>)<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">.</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Then, it happened again: a second nugget, weighing 2.7 kilograms, worth <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$122,500</span>...And what&#39;s still underground could change everything we know about the gold market.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">It&#39;s all happened at the Kobada mine in southern <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali</span>, owned and operated by African Gold Group Inc. (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGG.V?p=AGG.V&amp;.tsrc=fin-srch" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGG.V</a>, <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGGFF?p=AGGFF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGGFF</a>). It&#39;s a project that sits amidst one of the biggest mineral belts on earth, in a part of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">West Africa</span> that has just become the capital of the global gold industry.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">It&#39;s a place where mining firms are spending hundreds of millions on new acquisitions. And AGG hopes to use Kobada to strike it rich in the next big gold boom.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The company has everything going for it:</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">A project that is planned to come on-line soon, with a total resource base of 2.2 million ounces of gold worth billions of dollars. A management team of dedicated professionals led by a titan of the mining world who has turned tiny firms into multi-hundred million dollar powerhouses. All this, at a time when gold prices look sure to hold steady, and maybe even increase. So there&#39;s every reason to bet that this tiny <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$12 million</span> firm could realize a huge valuation or even potentially get gobbled up delivering a massive upside to investors who get in on the ground floor.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">It&#39;s all happening for AGG (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGG.V?p=AGG.V&amp;.tsrc=fin-srch" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGG.V</a>, <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGGFF?p=AGGFF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGGFF</a>). Here are five reasons to get excited:</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">#1 The Kobada Find a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$140 Million</span> per Year Gold Mine in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">West Africa</span></b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Kobada Gold Project is in southern Mali—which is important to note.  While Northern Mali has had some trouble, southern <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali</span> is stable, safe, and extremely favorable to extractive operations. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The belt stretches over 4 km <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">within a larger 12 km</b> strike length and is entirely owned by AGG. Studies have suggested a total resource base of 2.2 million ounces. The company believes it can hit 50,000 ounces a year and build upwards to 100,000 ounces a year in a short time frame, judging by initial technical and economic studies.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">At current prices, that would be <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$140 million</span> in gross revenue a year for a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$12 million</span> firm. And the company estimates the resource where these gold nuggets were just unearthed at <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEKzmGaT538&amp;feature=youtu.be" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">2.2 million ounces.</a> And there could even be more, depending on what new tests may reveal. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mineralization is evident at shallow depths, which means miners won&#39;t have to sink big pits or blast away too much rock to get at the ore deposits. That means lower cost—and less time to market.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">It used to be <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">South Africa</span> that got all the mining attention. But increasingly, investors are shifting their focus West where the geology is just being discovered.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali</span> alone, there are at least twenty different mining companies setting up shop. And the regulatory environment couldn&#39;t be more ideal—the Malian government has embraced mining, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali&#39;s</span> biggest GDP contributor, and has streamlined the permit process.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">For Kobada, licenses acquired from the Malian government expire in 2045 and cover an area of 135.7 square km<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" />The area around AGG&#39;s (AGG.V, AGGFF) operation at Kobada is turning into a gold-mining hotspot. <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.mining.com/west-africa-emerging-gold-exploration-investment-hotspot/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">According to <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mining Intelligence</i></a>, 61 new assets are in production or construction stages, with 24 assets undergoing economic assessments and a colossal 367 assets in exploration.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">#2 AGG is Inside The Multi-Billion Dollar Birimian Belt</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Kobada is part of a massive belt running across a huge swath of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">West Africa</span>. Mining here has been particularly lucrative, with Resolute and Barrick hitting it big. It&#39;s called the Birimian Belt. And it&#39;s paid out big time for companies who have gotten in on the action.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Take the Morila mine, in southern <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali</span>, just east of Kobada. Operated by gold giant Barrick, the mine has been in operation since 2000.  Or what about <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.barrick.com/operations/tongon/default.aspx" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Tongon</a> in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Cote d&#39;Ivoire</span>, also run by Barrick, where 230,000 oz was dug up worth <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$322 million</span>. Or consider the <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.rml.com.au/syama/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Syama Mine</a>, in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali</span>, operated by Resolute, which estimates it will produce 300,000 oz of gold per year. At current prices, that&#39;s <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$420 million</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Kobada sits squarely in a belt of mines that have paid out to investors. Better yet, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">West Africa</span> is only now growing into a new global gold hub which means things will hopefully only get better from here.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">There are potentially hundreds of new assets that lie untapped. That means AGG (AGG.V, AGGFF) could be even bigger than investors realize.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">#3 A <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$4 Billion</span> Find</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The discovery of 1kg gold nuggets could be just the tip of the iceberg at Kobada…a hint of what&#39;s to come. Combined with the earlier discovery of a 2.7kg nugget in 2008, this discovery indicates the potential of the find and it&#39;s bigger than you could imagine.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">First, take the company&#39;s projected ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14318511/billion-dollar-gold-belt-found-in-southern-mali alt=Billion Dollar Gold Belt Found in Southern Mali>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AEM AUY EGO KGC Opinion Press Releases EGO CA2849021035 AEM CA0084741085 AUY CA98462Y1007 KGC CA4969024047 Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14318511 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in BJs Wholesale, Canopy Growth, Dicks Sporting Goods, Nordstrom, or Slack? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312774/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-bjs-wholesale-canopy-growth-dicks-sporting-goods-nordstrom-or-slack <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 22, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for BJ, CGC, DKS, JWN, and WORK.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To see how InvestorsObserver&#39;s proprietary scoring system rates these stocks, view the InvestorsObserver&#39;s PriceWatch Alert by selecting the corresponding link.</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BJ: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312774/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-bjs-wholesale-canopy-growth-dicks-sporting-goods-nordstrom-or-slack alt=Thinking about buying stock in BJs Wholesale, Canopy Growth, Dicks Sporting Goods, Nordstrom, or Slack?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services BJ CGC DKS JWN WORK Opinion Press Releases BJ DKS US2533931026 JWN US6556641008 CGC WORK Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14312774 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about trading options or stock in Apple, Goldman Sachs, Lyft, Medtronic, or Walmart? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312775/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-apple-goldman-sachs-lyft-medtronic-or-walmart <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 22, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AAPL, GS, LYFT, MDT, and WMT.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Click a link below then choose between in-depth options trade idea report or a stock score report.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Options Report – Ideal trade ideas on up to seven different options trading ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312775/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-apple-goldman-sachs-lyft-medtronic-or-walmart alt=Thinking about trading options or stock in Apple, Goldman Sachs, Lyft, Medtronic, or Walmart?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AAPL Banking/Financial Services GS LYFT MDT WMT Opinion Press Releases AAPL US0378331005 GS US38141G1040 MDT US5850551061 WMT US9311421039 LYFT Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14312775 at https://www.benzinga.com Cannabis Businesses Implement the Latest Tech to Stay Ahead of the Curve https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312363/cannabis-businesses-implement-the-latest-tech-to-stay-ahead-of-the-curve <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 22, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- People around the world have had to adapt to the digital age as technology continues to play an important role in our society. Additionally, it has become apparent that businesses need to implement certain forms of technology to thrive among the competition. For instance, digital payment solutions are one of the most talked-about pieces of technology as they allow customers to pay for products in a whole new way. Specifically, many payment providers are solely focused on developing state-of-the-art solutions as the widespread use of payment solutions has tapped into various markets such as finance, retail, and medical. Notably, the digital payments market has also been integrated into the cannabis industry. Following the spur of legalization efforts, many legal channels have been emerging such as dispensaries, cultivators, and distributors to rival those previously found via the black market. In particular, many legal dispensaries have implemented a digital payment system to speed up the payment process. Furthermore, payment processes have also been implemented into seed-to-sale technologies, which monitor and verify the process from when the plant is initially planted to when it is sold to the customer. Lastly, the introduction of digital payment solutions has also created online portals where customers can purchase products at the comfort of their homes. As a result, technological advancements are expected to accelerate the growth of the industry by attracting new customers by providing them with complete background information regarding the product they wish to purchase. And according to data compiled by Verified Market Research, the global marijuana market was valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 42.20 Billion</span> in 2016. By 2025, the market is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 466.81 Billion</span> while registering a CAGR of 35.3% from 2018 to 2025. Global Payout, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GOHE#OTC" rel="nofollow">GOHE</a>), Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PLNHF#OTC" rel="nofollow">PLNHF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PLTH#CSE" rel="nofollow">PLTH</a>), Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/EMHTF#OTC" rel="nofollow">EMHTF</a>) (TSXV:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/EMH#TSXV" rel="nofollow">EMH</a>), MariMed, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MRMD#OTC" rel="nofollow">MRMD</a>), Terra Tech Corp. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TRTC#OTC" rel="nofollow">TRTC</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Aside from the quality of life features, the integration of technology has also introduced innovative products into the marketplace. For example, extraction technology has become widely popular because it allows producers to create oils, which are much more potent than dried cannabis flower. And while the industry still remains in its infancy stage, many entrepreneurs are quickly entering into the appealing market. Compared to oversaturated markets, the cannabis industry is relatively small because of its current illegal status under international regulations. Additionally, the difficult process of obtaining licenses also makes the market even smaller and more competitive. As a result, more companies are entering the side of the cannabis industry that does not directly engage with cannabis physically. By avoiding direct contact with cannabis, businesses face a lesser federal risk and liability than operators who interact with the plant, helping promote the rise of cannabis tech companies. &#34;A lot of individuals nowadays are working on really advanced technologies to improve and optimize the formulation and delivery of cannabis. We are seeing new technologies that control how quickly you feel the effects, the consistency of effects, and the entire consumer experience. Tech innovation and ongoing R&amp;D are ingredients that the industry needs to continue to mature and grow,&#34; said Garbuz.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Global Payout, Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GOHE#OTC" rel="nofollow">GOHE</a>) yesterday announced breaking news that, &#34;the company has retained one of the nation&#39;s leading government affairs organization, Strategies 360 (S360), to further the platform&#39;s legislative push to be recognized as the most innovative and seamless SaaS (Software as a Service) solution to facilitate cashless, compliant, and secure payments for the legalized cannabis industry.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Headquartered in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Seattle, WA</span>, S360 represents a broad range of sectors with an expanding footprint in 12 western states and D.C. The S360 team is comprised of some of the brightest and forward-thinking former executives from various industries, such as technology, finance, and energy, in addition to former state public office holders.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">One of the primary goals of the MTrac platform has been to assist governments in their efforts to both regulate the cannabis industry and solve the issues associated with cash heavy transactions and lack of available banking resources. Some states have recently been exploring closed-loop systems to implement statewide regulatory oversight of legal cannabis operations. For example, the state of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Arizona</span> has opened a &#34;Fintech&#34; sandbox, allowing various closed-loop systems into the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Arizona</span> market on a limited basis to see how well they operate. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span> will, very shortly, be opening a Request for Proposal to find a closed-loop, blockchain platform that will allow their cannabis industry to accept digital payments. It is the opinion of management that the MTrac system is the most seamless version of this payment platform available and offers the added benefit of having a large and growing customer base to provide proof of concept, similar to the recent ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312363/cannabis-businesses-implement-the-latest-tech-to-stay-ahead-of-the-curve alt=Cannabis Businesses Implement the Latest Tech to Stay Ahead of the Curve>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CSE:PLTH EMHTF GOHE MRMD PLNHF TRTC TSXV:EMH Small Cap Opinion Press Releases TRTC GOHE MRMD EMHTF TSXV:EMH PLNHF CSE:PLTH Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14312363 at https://www.benzinga.com Research Uncovers Additional Potential Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312429/research-uncovers-additional-potential-medicinal-benefits-of-cannabis <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 22, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- In the past few years, cannabis has become a prominent talking point as more countries around the world give its citizens access to the plant. For instance, under international regulations cannabis is still considered a Schedule 1 Drug. In spite of this, however, several countries have already legalized the plant. Predominantly, most of these countries are legalizing cannabis for its medical benefits. However, several regions such as <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> and parts of the U.S. have legalized cannabis for recreational use as well. Nonetheless, the medical market currently accounts for the majority of the overall industry because of its global accessibility and availability. For instance, countries have legalized medical cannabis to treat chronic conditions such as severe pain, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. And while there are many other conditions that researchers believe cannabis can treat, due to the lack of large-scale clinical trials, regulators cannot approve the treatments. In response, researchers are constantly conducting innovative clinical trials to better understand the efficacy of cannabis and eventually intend to work towards implementing cannabis treatments into the medical marketplace. For example, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-org">Harvard University&#39;s</span> Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently released a study which suggested that cannabis can be an effective therapy for pancreatic cancer. To note, pancreatic cancer only accounts for 3% of all cancers in the U.S., but with a one-year survival rate of just 20%, it is projected to be the second leading cause of cancer deaths by 2020, according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. The studies suggested that a chemical known as FBL-03G found within the cannabis plant can have &#34;significant therapy potential.&#34; FBL-03G is a derivative of a cannabis flavonoid, which are also known to have anti-inflammatory benefits. The researchers concluded that by using the flavonoids as a tumor-targeted delivery therapy, it can possibly eradicate cancerous cells, increasing the rate of survivability. As more similar positive research continues to emerge, regulators could be more inclined to reevaluate the state of cannabis regulations. The global cannabis market is projected to grow from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 10.3 Billion</span> in 2018 to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 39.4 Billion</span> by 2023 at a CAGR of 30.7%, according to data compiled by MarketsandMarkets. Pasha Brands Ltd. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRFTF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CRFTF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRFT#CSE" rel="nofollow">CRFT</a>), Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/IIPR#NYSE" rel="nofollow">IIPR</a>), HEXO Corp. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/HEXO#NYSE" rel="nofollow">HEXO</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/HEXO#TSX" rel="nofollow">HEXO</a>), Valens GroWorks Corp. (OTC: VGWCF) (TSXV:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/VGW#TSXV" rel="nofollow">VGW</a>), Harvest Health &amp; Recreation, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/HRVSF#OTC" rel="nofollow">HRVSF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/HARV#CSE" rel="nofollow">HARV</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Cannabis has become an increasingly popular alternative to treat patients suffering from cancer. Predominantly, cannabis is being used to suppress the pain caused by therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Moreover, cannabis is also being used to treat nausea and stimulate appetite among patients. The versatile uses of the plant within the cancer market make it an appealing treatment option because it can eliminate the need for multiple drugs. For instance, a patient undergoing chemotherapy is likely to use opioids to alleviate his or her pain. Additionally, the patient may also use anti-nausea medications, such as Aprepitant and Dolasetron, and appetite stimulants like Dronabinol and Megestrol. With cannabis, it would reduce the number of substances that the patient is taking from three to just one. However, it would also mean that the patient would be frequently consuming cannabis, which can result in quicker tolerance development. And as the patient&#39;s tolerance develops, they would either need to consume more cannabis or ingest it more frequently. As a result, &#34;craft cannabis&#34; cultivators have dedicated their profession to providing consumers with more potent and premium products that are enjoyed by both medical and recreational consumers. Craft cultivators engage in a meticulous process which requires them to monitor each individual plant to ensure an organic and healthy growth. In addition, by individually examining each plant, cultivators can also assure high-quality cannabinoid content, which makes the strain much more potent than if it had been mass-produced. &#34;Recreational cannabis will be huge but increasing interest in medicinal cannabis, global market growth and involvement from Big Pharma could make medical cannabis the larger of the two markets,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Scott McGovern</span>, Founder of Blocklr and Growth Nuts. &#34;One thing is for certain: The market for cannabis medications will continue to grow as baby boomers come of age, stigma decreases and continuing research confirms the effectiveness of cannabis for many common ailments.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Pasha Brands Ltd.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRFTF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CRFTF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRFT#CSE" rel="nofollow">CRFT</a>) is also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRFT#CSE" rel="nofollow">CRFT</a>). Earlier last week, the Company announced that &#34;its wholly owned subsidiary, BC Craft Supply Co. Ltd (&#34;BC Craft&#34;), has signed a supply agreement with <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada&#39;s</span> first licensed micro processor, North 40 Cannabis (&#34;North 40&#34;).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Founded by Gord Nichol in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nipawin, Saskatchewan</span>, North 40 Cannabis received its micro-cultivation and micro-processing licences from Health Canada on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">July 26, 2019</span>. Under the agreement with Pasha, North 40 will supply BC Craft with North 40&#39;s annual production, to be sold as dried flower and other cannabis products in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;I&#39;m absolutely thrilled to have signed an ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312429/research-uncovers-additional-potential-medicinal-benefits-of-cannabis alt=Research Uncovers Additional Potential Medicinal Benefits of Cannabis>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CRFTF CSE:CRFT CSE:HARV HEXO HRVSF IIPR TSX:HEXO TSXV:VGW Small Cap Opinion Press Releases IIPR TSX:HEXO HEXO CSE:HARV HRVSF CSE:CRFT CRFTF TSXV:VGW Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14312429 at https://www.benzinga.com Hemp Industry Benefiting From U.S.-Chinese Trade War https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312065/hemp-industry-benefiting-from-u-s-chinese-trade-war <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">DENVER</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 22, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- While the huge increase in U.S. consumer demand from hemp extracts and hemp product is largely credited as the reason for the boom in the number of hemp acres under cultivation, there is a significant additional part of the hemp-growth story to tell. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">With a pending acquisition in the cultivation supply market, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Sugarmade Inc. </b>(OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SGMD#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">SGMD</a>)<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.cannabisnewswire.com/clients/sugarmade-inc/?symbol=sgmd" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">SGMD Profile</a>)</b> appears to be well poised to become a strong pick-and-shovel provider to the hemp industry. Even the large cultivators and suppliers are now getting in the hemp market. One of the first companies of the larger players to make the move into hemp cultivation was <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Cronos Group Inc. </b>(NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRON#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">CRON</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRON#TSX" rel="nofollow">CRON</a>), which just a few days ago announced that it would invest <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$300 million</span> to enter the hemp market. Not to be outdone in the hemp gold rush, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Greenlane Holdings Inc. </b>(NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GNLN#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">GNLN</a>), which began trading on the NASDAQ, and <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Green Organic Dutchman </b>(TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TGOD#TSX" rel="nofollow">TGOD</a>) (OTCQX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TGODF#OTCQX" rel="nofollow">TGODF</a>)<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.cannabisnewswire.com/clients/green-organic-dutchman-tgod/?symbol=tgod:ca" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">TGOD Profile</a>) </b>have both entered the fray<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">. </b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">KushCo Holdings Inc. </b>(OTCQX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KSHB#OTCQX" rel="nofollow">KSHB</a>), another industry supplier, is also seeming to benefit for the strong growth in the hemp marketplace.</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">USDA reports indicate that hemp is by far the crop with the fastest growth in acres, planted at nearly a 400% increase.</b> </li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Many in farming communities now see hemp cultivation as an economic necessity.</b> </li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Consumer demand for hemp extracts continues to grow with little letup in sight.</b></li> </ul> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To view an infographic of this editorial, <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="http://cnw.fm/kUs43" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">click here</a>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mainstream Acceptance</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">An increasing number of U.S. farmers affected by low prices and reductions in Chinese agricultural purchases are now seeking economic refuge by planting hemp. And in many cases, hemp is saving farmers from bankruptcy.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In many farming areas — in particular <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Western Kentucky</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Tennessee</span> — the movement to hemp will restore many farmers to economic viability. Not only is there a strong demand for hemp biomass, but prices are significantly higher compared to other crops with many <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Kentucky</span> farmers last year realizing tens of thousands of dollars in profits per acre compared to well less than <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$1,000</span> per for other crops.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The numbers are in from the U.S. Department of Agricultural on the number of acres of hemp planted this year. At 128,320 acres, those numbers are up from only 27,424 acres last year, with even more growth expected next year. With such growth, it is no wonder that both supply and cultivation companies are realigning their businesses to take advantage of the huge market growth. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In part, this growth stems from the hemp industry making rapid headway into mainstream acceptance. Recent reports indicate that two-thirds of all Americans now favor legalizing recreational cannabis use, up from 25% support two decades ago. And what may be most telling is that support for the crop is increasing <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="http://cnw.fm/iwZY5" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">among seniors (aged 55 and older) as well as the Republicans</a> — both traditionally known for their conservative views regarding hemp.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In addition, medical marijuana is now legal in 33 states, with 10 of those states actually legalizing recreational use as well. And <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> overturned an almost century-old tradition when it legalized use of the drug countrywide last year. The trend is clear, and the continued increase in positive public acceptance seems inevitable.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Savvy companies in the sector, including brand-development company <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.cannabisnewswire.com/clients/sugarmade-inc/?symbol=sgmd" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Sugarmade Inc. (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SGMD#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">SGMD</a>)</a></b>, are seeing the window of opportunity and are positioning themselves to make the most of their areas of expertise. For Sugarmade, that area is hydroponic systems, which give cannabis cultivators greater control over how their plants are grown. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Sprouting hemp indoors provides an array of benefits, including protection from changing weather, such as sudden frosts or unseasonal heat, which can harm crops. Indoor cultivation also protects crops from contaminants, infections and chemicals. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Hydroponics offers even greater advantages. When farmers feed their plants with carefully balanced nutrient baths instead of soil and fertilizer, they harvest a cannabis crop with higher CBD content, making their plants more valuable. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In addition, when hydroponics are used, hemp often more easily passes the stringent quality tests that are applied to plants in this sector, tests that are likely to become even firmer now that the federal government is officially allowing and regulating hemp production in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span>. This is yet another reason hydroponic experts such as Sugarmade may see significant benefits as the hemp industry grows.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Forecast Growth</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">And the hemp wave doesn&#39;t appear to be ebbing anytime soon. Industry forecasts differ, depending on which source is cited. Grand View Research says the global legal market is expected to <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="http://cnw.fm/dR7Eg" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$66.3 billion</span> by the end of 2025</a>, with an anticipated CAGR of 23.9% during the forecast period, while Business ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14312065/hemp-industry-benefiting-from-u-s-chinese-trade-war alt=Hemp Industry Benefiting From U.S.-Chinese Trade War>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CRON GNLN KSHB SGMD TGODF TSX:CRON TSX:TGOD Small Cap Opinion Press Releases SGMD KSHB CRON TSX:CRON TSX:TGOD TGODF GNLN Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:30:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14312065 at https://www.benzinga.com 6 Gold Trends to Watch as The Trade War Heats up https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14311784/6-gold-trends-to-watch-as-the-trade-war-heats-up <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">LONDON</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 22, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Another trade war could be around the corner. The perfect time for investors to hedge. And, like magic, gold prices are up: the gold index hit a <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/news/6-top-gold-stocks-hedge-114011297.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">six-year high</a> on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">August 1</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Gold miners are having a stellar year. And even if things don&#39;t turn south for the market, adding gold to your portfolio is a great way to diversify assets and hedge against potential downturns. Mentioned in today&#39;s commentary includes: <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Barrick Gold Corporation</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GOLD#NYSE" rel="nofollow">GOLD</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Newmont Goldcorp</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/NEM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">NEM</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Franco-<span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span></b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FNV#NYSE" rel="nofollow">FNV</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Kirkland Lake Gold</span></b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KL#NYSE" rel="nofollow">KL</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Pan American</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PAAS#NYSE" rel="nofollow">PAAS</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Here are six trends gold investors should consider:</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Go Big Or Go Home</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Big Kahuna—<b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Barrick Gold Corporation</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GOLD#NYSE" rel="nofollow">GOLD</a>) is the world&#39;s most profitable gold company, with five of the ten largest gold mines in the world.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In terms of sheer size, the mega-merger of Newmont and Goldcorp has Barrick beat. But don&#39;t count this company out. Barrick has risen 25% since June, on the back of rising gold prices and strong demand. That jump means Barrick has <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://seekingalpha.com/article/4279861-barrick-gold-late-get" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">grown 54% over the last year</a>, blowing its competitors out of the water.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Gold-watchers pegged Barrick as <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://seekingalpha.com/article/4270174-fully-loaded-barrick-gold" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">the company to beat</a> last June—thanks to a strong balance of revenue to debt and production which has steadily increased, thanks in part to the acquisition of Randgold and a joint venture with Newmont in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span>. And earnings estimates for Barrick continue to climb.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Given its strong position and sterling credentials, Barrick makes for an <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://seekingalpha.com/article/4275553-strategic-investment-barrick-gold" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">excellent hedge</a> against downturns elsewhere in the market. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Off The Beaten Path </b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The world&#39;s newest gold rush is taking place where you&#39;d least expect it.  Everything started when artisanal miners found a couple of large gold nuggets. One <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/01/29/1396903/0/en/African-Gold-Group-Inc-One-Kilogram-Gold-Nugget-Discovered-by-Artisanal-Miners-at-Kobada-Mali.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">nugget</a> weighing 1kg and worth <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$45,400</span>, and another <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="http://www.africangoldgroup.com/news-releases/2014/01/29/african-gold-group-inc-one-kilogram-gold-nugget-discovered-by-artisanal-miners-at-kobada-mali/agg-2-7-kilogram-gold-nugget-kobada-mali-2008-small/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">nearly three times the size</a>—worth <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$122,500</span>. And these nuggets are just the beginning.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The mine where they were found has huge potential, with visible gold extending from the surface all the way down to 200 meters. It is sitting on one of the largest gold belts in the world, making it no surprise that African Gold Group&#39;s (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGG.V?p=AGG.V" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGG.V</a>; <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGGFF?p=AGGFF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGGFF</a>) Kobada mine in southern <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mali</span> is drawing so much attention.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" />The Kobada Mine is located in a region of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">West Africa</span> that has just become the world&#39;s largest gold producing area—overtaking gold giant <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">South Africa</span> for the first time.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">AGG initially shot for a 50,000 oz/year haul from Kobada, but now it&#39;s aiming for twice that—100,000 oz/year from a total deposit expected to exceed more than 2.2 million ounces. And to top it all off, Kobada has so far only focused drilling on less than 10% of its perspective concessions. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">At current prices, that&#39;s <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$3.1 billion</span> in gross revenue—all for a company with a tiny <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$12 million</span> market cap.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Gold investors are already <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://www.miningreview.com/news/west-africa-world-leader-gold/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">shifting their attention</a> to West Africa—the region is stable, labor costs are low, and licensing takes only a few months (unlike <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">North America</span>, where acquiring licenses and permits can take 5-7 years).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The interest is turning the area around Kobada into a mining hotspot. According to <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mining Intelligence</i>, 61 new assets are in production or construction stages, with 24 assets undergoing economic assessments…and a colossal 367 assets in exploration.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">All of this is good news for AGG, which has been able to raise fresh funds for its Kobada operation. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The team at AGG (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGG.V?p=AGG.V" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGG.V</a>; <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/AGGFF?p=AGGFF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">AGGFF</a>)  is a rogue&#39;s gallery of mining industry professionals and financial whizzes who have spun iron ore into gold for decades…and are ready to do it again at Kobada. Two directors, Sir <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Sam Jonah</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Bruce Humphrey</span>, have a hundred years of combined experience working the finances for mining operations. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Working the heavy machinery is mining engineer <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Danny Callow</span>. Callow served as the mining head for Glencore&#39;s Africa Copper division, where he built and operated a number of copper and cobalt operations in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Africa</span> to more than 400,000t per year including building the world&#39;s largest cobalt mine.  But the real news here is <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Stan Bharti</span>, the company&#39;s new CEO. With thirty years of experience and a jaw-dropping resume, Bharti at the helm means AGG&#39;s future looks extra bright.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Under Bharti&#39;s direction, several mining companies uncovered 20 million oz of gold, more than 3 billion tonnes of ore, amassing <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$3 billion</span> in investment capital.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Plus, Bharti&#39;s got an eye for changes in the gold market. He correctly predicted prices would spike in the mid-1990s, and again after 2003. He took a small company in 2008, at the height of the global financial crisis, and spun it off into a deal worth <span ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14311784/6-gold-trends-to-watch-as-the-trade-war-heats-up alt=6 Gold Trends to Watch as The Trade War Heats up>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> FNV GOLD KL NEM PAAS Opinion Press Releases GOLD US7523443098 PAAS CA6979001089 NEM US6516391066 FNV KL Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14311784 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about trading options or stock in Walt Disney Co, Johnson & Johnson, Netflix, Target, or Walmart? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305691/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-walt-disney-co-johnson-johnson-netflix-target-or-walmar <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span></span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 21, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for DIS, JNJ, NFLX, TGT, and WMT.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Click a link below then choose between in-depth options trade idea report or a stock score report.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Options Report – Ideal trade ideas on up to seven different ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305691/thinking-about-trading-options-or-stock-in-walt-disney-co-johnson-johnson-netflix-target-or-walmar alt=Thinking about trading options or stock in Walt Disney Co, Johnson &amp; Johnson, Netflix, Target, or Walmart?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services DIS JNJ NFLX TGT WMT Opinion Press Releases NFLX US64110L1061 DIS US2546871060 JNJ US4781601046 TGT US87612E1064 WMT US9311421039 Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14305691 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Aurora Cannabis, Beyond Meat, Jaguar Health, Lowe's, or Pinduoduo? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305692/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aurora-cannabis-beyond-meat-jaguar-health-lowes-or-pinduoduo <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 21, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for ACB, BYND, JAGX, LOW, and PDD.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To see how InvestorsObserver&#39;s proprietary scoring system rates these stocks, view the InvestorsObserver&#39;s PriceWatch Alert by selecting the corresponding link.</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">ACB: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305692/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aurora-cannabis-beyond-meat-jaguar-health-lowes-or-pinduoduo alt=Thinking about buying stock in Aurora Cannabis, Beyond Meat, Jaguar Health, Lowe&#039;s, or Pinduoduo?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACB Banking/Financial Services BYND JAGX LOW PDD Small Cap Opinion Press Releases PDD LOW US5486611073 JAGX ACB BYND Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14305692 at https://www.benzinga.com Technological Advancements Aid Medical Practitioners in Combatting Cancer https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305373/technological-advancements-aid-medical-practitioners-in-combatting-cancer <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 21, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- In 2018, there was an estimated 1.73 million new cancer cases diagnosed and 609,640 cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. The ACS does not expect cancer rates to slow down and instead projects 1.76 million new cancer cases diagnosed with a slightly lower number of deaths at 606,880 in the U.S. in 2019. The shocking projection has stirred concern among the public, as well as with companies dabbling within the industry. In an effort to prevent cancer, many people have shielded themselves from carcinogenic influences such as smoking and avoided environments that are prone to cause cancer. However, cancer can also be caused because of hereditary issues. Many biotechnology companies have been actively developing innovative medicines to effectively decrease the rate of cancer cases and over the past two decades, U.S. cancer-related deaths have significantly declined. As of 2015, the death rate for both men and women declined by 26% from its peak in 1991. Overall, the number of cancer-related deaths is decreasing due to advancements made in technology and treatment. For instance, the emergence of early detection has prevented numerous deaths because medical professionals were able to stop the spread of cancerous cells before it reached later stages. However, despite the dwindling number of deaths, the number of cases is still anticipated to gradually grow. As a result, biotechnology companies are aggressively developing new treatments and therapies to prevent the formation of cancer cells and ultimately limit the number of deaths. According to data compiled by Allied Market Research, the global oncology and cancer drugs market was valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 97.40 Billion</span> in 2017 and is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 176.51 Billion</span> by 2025. Additionally, the market is also projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% from 2018 to 2025. Oncology Pharma Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ONPH#OTC" rel="nofollow">ONPH</a>), United Health Products, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/UEEC#OTC" rel="nofollow">UEEC</a>), AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/AVEO#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">AVEO</a>), Aptevo Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/APVO#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">APVO</a>), SELLAS Life Sciences Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SLS#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">SLS</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">With the advancement of the cancer therapy market, new forms of treatment are now being studied and manufactured. Predominantly, chemotherapy is one of the most common cancer treatments. However, with the expansion of the market, new therapies such as personalized medicine, immunotherapy, CAR T-cell therapy, radiation therapy, and targeted therapies have become highly popular. In particular, the targeted therapies market is one of the fastest treatment segments. Targeted therapies are drugs that block the growth and spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules involved in the growth, progression, and spread of cancerous cells, according to the National Cancer Institute. Eventually, the drug can completely eliminate cancerous cells or make them dormant. However, not all anticancer drugs are solely related to slowing or eradicating cancer. For example, some drugs are used to alleviate symptoms associated with cancer such as chronic pain, nausea, and lack of appetite. Specifically, drugs such as opioids or appetite stimulants are commonly used among cancer patients. &#34;Everything today is becoming more and more personalized. With cancer treatments, the genomic information on the tumor is increasingly becoming available as the cost of sequencing continues to drop. We can expect a future where we will have much more precise treatments based upon the genomic signature of the patient,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Sean Marett</span>, Chief <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Brand Officer</span> and Chief Commercial Officer of German immuno-oncology company BioNTech. &#34;A pharmacy will no longer be selling tablets off the shelf. We&#39;re going to be delivering a specific treatment only for the patient.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Oncology Pharma Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ONPH#OTC" rel="nofollow">ONPH</a>) announced yesterday that, &#34;it signed a Letter of Intent with Kalos Therapeutics (<span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Phoenix, AZ</span>) for a world-wide license and co-development of Kalos&#39;s lead anti-cancer drug, KTH 222. The expected license and co-development of KTH 222 as a monotherapy and/or in combination with NanoSmart&#39;s ANA-conjugated liposomal doxorubicin targeted delivery is licensed exclusively worldwide by Oncology Pharma. Doxorubicin is one of the most commonly used chemotherapies for treating a wide variety of cancers such as breast, ovarian, lung, bladder, lymphoma, and Kaposi&#39;s sarcoma. The KTH 222 combined with the NanoSmart&#39;s targeted delivery of doxorubicin provides an excellent synergy between the two therapies while offsetting further the potential cardiotoxicity inherent with doxorubicin. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Kalos Therapeuticsis developing a platform of drugs containing multiple array of natriuretic peptide which have demonstrated a broad spectrum of anti-tumor activity with negligible or no known adverse effects. In a Pre-IND Study using the parent drug involving a total of eighty-eight patients, including 22 healthy patients, the study demonstrated safety and therapeutic efficacy. Kalos&#39;s leading drug candidate, KTH 222, regulates cell growth via inhibition of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. Kalos is looking to change the care paradigm for treating cancer patients as KTH 222 can be a lead therapy, or used in combination with existing therapies to improve efficacy and reduce toxicity, and mitigate resistance or reverse it. There are nearly 17 million patients living with a cancer diagnosis without a safe nontoxic maintenance therapy; Kalos believes it will attain this lofty goal and become the Holy Grail for &#34;cancer tune up,&#34; and a therapeutic option to a drug Holiday.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About Kalos Therapeutics: Kalos is pursuing a multiphase strategy to reorient today&#39;s therapeutic approach to cancer patients while driving changes to transform therapeutic approaches for unmet ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305373/technological-advancements-aid-medical-practitioners-in-combatting-cancer alt=Technological Advancements Aid Medical Practitioners in Combatting Cancer>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> APVO AVEO ONPH SLS UEEC Opinion Press Releases SLS AVEO US0535881090 UEEC APVO ONPH Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14305373 at https://www.benzinga.com CBD Infused Products Fill Store Shelves Around the Country Following Regulatory Overhaul https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305473/cbd-infused-products-fill-store-shelves-around-the-country-following-regulatory-overhaul <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Aug. 21, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Following the recent passage of the U.S. Farm Bill, CBD or cannabidiol, became the latest craze for consumers. CBD is derived from the hemp plant, which is classified under the cannabis family. Similarly, its counterpart, marijuana, also falls under the cannabis family. However, hemp and marijuana widely differ in their biological makeup. Specifically, marijuana is known as the psychoactive-inducing part of the cannabis plant, while hemp is its opposite. Marijuana is scientifically proven to cause mind-altering effects because of its abundance of the THC or tetrahydrocannabinol. Meanwhile, the active compound in hemp is CBD, which stimulates relaxation without the effects of being &#34;high.&#34; Several years ago, CBD was viewed in the same criteria as THC because both are derived from the cannabis plant, leading to their listing as Schedule 1 drugs. However, extensive research has since proven otherwise. Medical researchers have concluded that CBD is the non-psychoactive property of cannabis that offers consumers therapeutic benefits, instead of a high. The passage of the U.S. Farm Bill ultimately legalized CBD and allowed its commercial sale. Moreover, the bill also allowed businesses to transport CBD between state lines, which was previously federally illegal. As a result, the emergence of CBD products began to spread throughout the nation. Now, consumers can easily find CBD products at local stores or smoke shops. Additionally, consumers can also order CBD products on e-commerce platforms from large international distributors. Furthermore, select distributors have established international operations to commercialize the sale of CBD products in legal countries such as <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Australia</span>, Canada, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Germany</span>. Overall, the CBD market is expected to have a significant impact within the greater cannabis industry because of its global penetration. And as more countries move to adopt CBD for medical as well as recreational purposes, the marketplace is primed to become a massive, global market. According to data compiled by Grand View Research, the global cannabidiol market is projected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 9.69 Billion</span> by 2025 while registering a CAGR of 32.6% during the forecast period. BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BVNNF#OTC" rel="nofollow">BVNNF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BEV#CSE" rel="nofollow">BEV</a>), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TAP#NYSE" rel="nofollow">TAP</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TPX#TSX" rel="nofollow">TPX</a>), Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/NEPT#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">NEPT</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/NEPT#TSX" rel="nofollow">NEPT</a>), <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Charlotte&#39;s</span> Web Holdings, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CWBHF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CWBHF</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CWEB#TSX" rel="nofollow">CWEB</a>), iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ITHUF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ITHUF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/IAN#CSE" rel="nofollow">IAN</a>) </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The growth of the CBD industry led to a proliferation of various products such as tinctures, topicals, and extracts. While extracts and dried flower remain popular, emerging products such as edibles and beverages are quickly gaining market shares. CBD-infused edibles and beverages are becoming widely popular because they offer a new method to consume CBD without the harmful effects associated with smoking or vaping. Typically, health conscious consumers that are interested in the CBD industry are more keen to try edibles or beverages, and in particular, beverages are more popular because it is easier for producers to create CBD-infused beverages than edibles. For instance, CBD edibles are made from CBD-based fats or oils. Generally, consumers avoid placing the oil onto direct heat, meaning that baking is much more common. On the other hand, beverages are much more simple and only require tinctures or solvents to be effective. For example, producers can add droplets of a tincture or add spoonfuls of soluble powder into the beverage then mix the concoction. The solvents can then essentially be added to any beverage such as water, coffee, tea, energy drinks, and even alcohol. Depending on the type of beverage, producers normally add a certain amount of CBD content. Typically, a standard 16oz beverage can contain up to 20mg of CBD content, but depending on the specific beverage, there can be more or even less traces of CBD. However, some consumers may find the CBD content too little or too much. Consequently, consumers can easily purchase a CBD-based tincture and add the desired amount into the beverage, making them completely customizable. The customizable aspect of the beverage industry is appealing to many consumers, particularly people who may want to try CBD but are unsure of the dosage. Furthermore, the infused beverage market has captured the interest of mainstream beverage corporations because of the market&#39;s widespread reach. In particular, some companies are interested in creating their own operations, while others may look to just invest into a cannabis-infused beverage operator. &#34;Interest has spiked from the beer industry on mounting evidence of a substitution relationship between cannabis and alcohol, while large soda companies increasingly view CBD as a natural fit within their strategically important wellness offerings,&#34; <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Bobby Burleson</span>, Canaccord Genuity Managing Director wrote.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BevCanna Enterprises Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BVNNF#OTC" rel="nofollow">BVNNF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BEV#CSE" rel="nofollow">BEV</a>) is also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BEV#CSE" rel="nofollow">BEV</a>). Yesterday, the Company announced that, &#34;Health Canada has granted the Company a Research License for the purpose of researching Stability and Homogeneity of Water Soluble Cannabinoid Infusions in Water Based ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/08/n14305473/cbd-infused-products-fill-store-shelves-around-the-country-following-regulatory-overhaul alt=CBD Infused Products Fill Store Shelves Around the Country Following Regulatory Overhaul>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BVNNF CSE:BEV CSE:IAN CWBHF ITHUF NEPT TAP TSX:CWEB TSX:NEPT TSX:TPX Small Cap Opinion Press Releases NEPT CA64077P1080 TAP US60871R2094 ITHUF TSX:NEPT TSX:TPX CWBHF CSE:IAN TSX:CWEB CSE:BEV BVNNF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 21 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 14305473 at https://www.benzinga.com