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Seaport Global Initiates Bullish Coverage On A Dozen Cannabis Stocks

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Seaport Global Initiates Bullish Coverage On A Dozen Cannabis Stocks

Seaport Global turned bullish on cannabis stocks Thursday, initiating coverage on a dozen names. However, some of the most popular U.S. cannabis stocks are not among the firm’s top picks.

The Analyst

Seaport Global analyst Brett Hundley initiated coverage of the following cannabis stocks with Buy ratings:

  • Aphria Inc (NYSE: APHA), $18 target.
  • Hexo Corp (NYSE: HEXO), $12 target.
  • Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd (OTC: TGODF), $10 target.
  • KushCo Holdings Inc (OTC: KSHB), $10 target.
  • Medmen Enterprises Inc (OTC: MMNFF) $7 target.
  • Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTC: GTBIF), $16 target.
  • Acreage Holdings Inc (OTC: ACRGF), $42 target.
  • iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc (OTC: ITHUF), $11 target.
  • Curaleaf Holdings Inc (OTC: CURLF), $10 target.

Seaport also initiated coverage of the following stocks with Neutral ratings (no targets):

  • Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE: CGC)
  • Tilray Inc (NASDAQ: TLRY)
  • Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE: ACB)

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The Thesis

Hundley projects the global cannabis market will be worth $630 billion by 2040, including a potential $94 billion U.S. market if cannabis is federally legalized.

“We expect many countries, including the US, to go legal within the next handful of years, and we think that this will create a considerable forward opportunity for the burgeoning industry that is regulated, legal cannabis,” Hundley wrote in the note.

He said the U.S. market will likely bifurcate into two types of businesses: a retail dispensary model that centers around recreational cannabis consumption and a pharmaceutical treatment model centered around established medical channels.

While Hundley is bullish on the cannabis space as a whole, he is least optimistic about some of the hottest U.S.-listed stocks in the near term given their huge runs and bloated valuations. U.S.-listed Canopy Growth, Tilray and Aurora Cannabis are the only Neutral-rated names under coverage. Instead, Hundley said his top stock picks are Hexo, Aphria, Acreage Holdings and Green Organic Dutchman.

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