Opinion https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/146540 en Thinking about buying stock in Alcoa, Biocept, First Data Corp, The Meet Group or Netflix? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999666/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-alcoa-biocept-first-data-corp-the-meet- <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">Jan. 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AA, BIOC, FDC, MEET, and NFLX.</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">AA: <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" ...</u></li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999666/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-alcoa-biocept-first-data-corp-the-meet- alt=Thinking about buying stock in Alcoa, Biocept, First Data Corp, The Meet Group or Netflix?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AA Banking/Financial Services BIOC FDC MEET NFLX Opinion Press Releases BIOC US09071B1008 NFLX US64110L1061 AA US0138171014 MEET FDC Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12999666 at https://www.benzinga.com Option-trading opportunities on Alibaba, Citigroup, Macy's Incorporated, Microsoft, and NVIDIA https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999667/option-trading-opportunities-on-alibaba-citigroup-macys-incorporated-m <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">Jan. 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for BABA, C, M, MSFT, and NVDA.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Click a link below to see an in-depth options trade idea report or a stock score report.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Options Report</b> – Ideal trade ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999667/option-trading-opportunities-on-alibaba-citigroup-macys-incorporated-m alt=Option-trading opportunities on Alibaba, Citigroup, Macy&#039;s Incorporated, Microsoft, and NVIDIA>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BABA Banking/Financial Services C M MSFT NVDA Opinion Press Releases MSFT US5949181045 NVDA US67066G1040 C US1729674242 M US55616P1049 BABA Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12999667 at https://www.benzinga.com Recent Legalization Clears a Path for Cannabis Market Growth https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999324/recent-legalization-clears-a-path-for-cannabis-market-growth <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">January 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Recent political trends have positioned the cannabis industry to witness exponential growth in the coming years. In October of last year, for instance, Canada legalized cannabis entirely, allowing for recreational adult-use to begin across the country. Shortly after, the U.S. state <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Michigan</span> legalized cannabis for recreational use while <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Missouri</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Utah</span> legalized it for medical applications. Then, one month later in December, the U.S. Congress approved and passed the new Farm Bill, which provided agricultural extensions. Notably, the Farm Bill allows for small-scale hemp cultivation facilities. Previously, hemp was grouped with marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, however, since then, hemp has been removed due to its non-psychoactive properties. While cannabis may still be heavily restricted and moderated globally, legalization and mitigating regulations are steps taken towards the industry&#39;s widespread expansion. According to data compiled by Mordor Intelligence, the global cannabis market was valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 7.7 Billion</span> in 2016 and is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 65 Billion</span> by 2023. Additionally, the market is expected to grow at a robust CAGR of 37% throughout the forecast period from 2019 to 2024. CLS Holdings, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">USA</span> Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CLSH#OTC" rel="nofollow">CLSH</a>), Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TAP#NYSE" rel="nofollow">TAP</a>), Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MO#NYSE" rel="nofollow">MO</a>), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACB#NYSE" rel="nofollow">ACB</a>), KushCo Holdings, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KSHB#OTC" rel="nofollow">KSHB</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Globally, cannabis is primarily being used for medical applications to treat conditions such as chronic pain and cancer. European countries like <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Spain</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the Netherlands</span>, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Italy</span> are exploring cannabis for medical use as well. Despite the movements ongoing internationally, the U.S. continues to dominate the industry and accounts for the approximately 90% of the global market. Currently, the U.S. only has 10 states and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Washington D.C.</span> that have legalized cannabis for recreational use but states like <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span>, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span> are the driving force for the recreational market. &#34;Over the next couple years we will see 40 or more states approving cannabis for medicinal use, the overwhelming majority of those states going full recreational,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Danny Davis</span>, Managing Partner of Convectium. &#34;I anticipate the next administration will lean left and that will likely be the catalyst to a push for re-scheduling and federal approval. With this deregulation, we will see national support among citizens grow into the 70% or higher range, making M&amp;A activity more commonplace among traditional firms and corporate sponsorships from cannabis companies less stigmatized and more mainstream.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">CLS Holdings,</b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">USA</span></b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Inc.</b> (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CLSH#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">CLSH</a>) yesterday, the Company announced breaking news that, &#34;it has entered into an option (the &#34;Agreement&#34;) to acquire In Good Health, in accordance with the previously executed letter of intent. In Good Health is a licensed medical dispensary in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Brockton, Massachusetts</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Subject to the terms and conditions of the Agreement, the parties have agreed upon all of the documents necessary to complete the acquisition. The completion of the acquisition of In Good Health remains subject to a number of conditions as set out in the Agreement.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In Good Health is located 25 miles south of downtown <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Boston</span> and is one of the 48 licensed dispensaries in the state. In Good Health operates a dispensary that was the second licensed medical dispensary in the state and has been operational since <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">September 2015</span>. In Good Health is currently servicing 18,000 registered patients and delivering to 1,700 homes with key product offerings of flower, concentrates, vapes, edibles, pre-rolls and tinctures.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Massachusetts</span> has a population of 6.9 million people as compared to 5.6 million people in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span>. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Massachusetts</span> is also centrally located to the dense population of New England with a less than 100-mile drive from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Rhode Island</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Connecticut</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New York</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New Hampshire</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Vermont</span>. In 2017, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span> generated <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$1.5 billion</span> in legalized marijuana sales and had over 500 licensed dispensaries and over 700 licensed cultivation facilities. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Massachusetts</span> currently has issued only 48 licensees.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About In Good Health: In Good Health is a for-profit corporation which holds a Certification of Registration to operate a registered marijuana dispensary in Massachussets. In Good Health was one of eleven original applicants awarded a Certificate of Registration from the Department of Public Health, and was the second to open in the state. In Good Health successfully operated its co-located marijuana cultivation and dispensary facility in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Brockton, ...</span></p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999324/recent-legalization-clears-a-path-for-cannabis-market-growth alt=Recent Legalization Clears a Path for Cannabis Market Growth>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACB CLSH CRON HYYDF KSHB MO TAP Small Cap Opinion Press Releases MO US02209S1033 TAP US60871R2094 ACB KSHB CLSH HYYDF CRON Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12999324 at https://www.benzinga.com Cannabis Market's Rapid Growth has Created a Demand for Specialized Security Services https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999341/cannabis-markets-rapid-growth-has-created-a-demand-for-specialized-sec <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">January 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The U.S. legal cannabis industry has grown significantly and to the point that it now rivals large worldwide corporations like Netflix and McDonalds. And the industry is expanding rapidly due in part to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California&#39;s</span> massive cannabis market. According to data compiled by Marijuana Business Daily&#39;s Factbook, the legal cannabis market delivered revenues of approximately <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 6.2 Billion</span> in 2017 and is expected to grow by more than 200% from 2017 to 2022. The data projects that legal cannabis sales in the U.S. could surpass those of firearms and ammunition by the end of 2019. The market will continue to develop as the medical and recreational segments flourish due to their widespread legalization. Recent cannabis trends have also caught the attention of the alcohol and tobacco industry and many companies within those sectors are investing in cannabis to accelerate their growth, and in return, further expand the overall cannabis industry. 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. (OTC: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=PTVYF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">PTVYF</a>), Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CGC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">CGC</a>), Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CURLF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CURLF</a>), Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PLNHF#OTC" rel="nofollow">PLNHF</a>), Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CBDS#OTC" rel="nofollow">CBDS</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Despite the cannabis industry&#39;s rise, components of it still remain illegal under federal law. Due to federally mandated rules, many public sector businesses, such as banks, are barred from working with cannabis-related businesses. Concerns over acquiring services for the cannabis industry has led to the creation of specialized private sectors. Specifically, security services have come into the spotlight due to the industry&#39;s current value. Cannabis businesses involved in operations like cultivation, retail, and dispensaries are demanding security services like guards, surveillance, alarms, and transportation. &#34;To state the obvious: Marijuana is valuable. So is everything involved in growing, processing, transporting and selling it,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">John Schroyer</span> of Marijuana Business Daily. &#34;That value, along with plenty of state and local government rules requiring marijuana companies to implement security measures, has given rise to a thriving industry niche focused on helping cannabis businesses protect their assets and employees.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd.</b> (OTC: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=PTVYF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">PTVYF</a>) is also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SAFE#CSE" rel="nofollow">SAFE</a>). Earlier this week, the Company announced breaking news that, &#34;3 Sixty Secure Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3Sixty, has entered into a three-year master services agreement to provide security services to Canopy Growth Corporation (&#34;Canopy Growth&#34;) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/WEED#TSX" rel="nofollow">WEED</a>) (NYSE: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=CGC" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">CGC</a>) across Canada. As part of the agreement, 3 Sixty Secure Corp. will provide 24/7 guarding services to protect Canopy Growth&#39;s Canadian facilities, as well as other security services as required. The agreement will include all existing and future Canopy Growth facilities across Canada. The agreement with Canopy Growth expands services to include all of its national facilities and extends the prior agreement from a one-year term to a three-year term.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;Reaching an agreement that extends and expands security services provided to Canopy Growth marks another important milestone for 3Sixty as we continue to assert ourselves as leaders in cannabis security,&#39; said Thomas Gerstenecker, CEO and Founder of 3Sixty. &#39;I believe that our selection by Canopy Growth, a world-leading cannabis company, reaffirms the quality of our protective service offerings and supports our position as a leader in security services. Our sales pipeline is robust, and we are engaged with numerous companies seeking leading security solutions tailored to the cannabis industry and within non-core industries that require a full-spectrum of exceptional security services and solutions.&#39;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. - 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd., operating through its wholly-owned subsidiary, 3 Sixty Secure Corp., is one of Canada&#39;s leading security service providers to the cannabis sector, transporting approximately $250 million of product every month. 3Sixty provides cannabis security consulting, guarding and secure transport security services to more than 500 customers and more than 60 licensed cannabis producers, including some of the world&#39;s largest, such as licensed producers owned by Canopy Growth Corporation. 3Sixty has a staff of over 250 employees and employs a fleet of over 60 vehicles, which management believes provides a combined security footprint to approximately 30 million square feet of patrolled area.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About Canopy Growth Corporation - Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time. Canopy Growth has operations in 12 countries across five continents. ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999341/cannabis-markets-rapid-growth-has-created-a-demand-for-specialized-sec alt=Cannabis Market&#039;s Rapid Growth has Created a Demand for Specialized Security Services>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CBDS CGC CURLF PLNHF PTVYF SAFE TSX:WEED Retail Sales Small Cap Opinion Press Releases CGC PTVYF CBDS SAFE TSX:WEED PLNHF CURLF Retail Sales Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12999341 at https://www.benzinga.com Beverage Companies Turn to Healthy Drinks as Consumer Demand Shifts https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999343/beverage-companies-turn-to-healthy-drinks-as-consumer-demand-shifts <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">January 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The beverage industry is being challenged with expanding or diversifying its portfolio in order to meet the changing consumer demand. Many large beverage companies are already investing in or acquiring other beverage businesses in order to accelerate their growth. The industry is already in its maturity stage, however, the beverage market is still expected to witness steady growth. According to data compiled by Allied Market Research, the non-alcoholic drinks market was valued at approximately <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 1.54 Trillion</span> in 2015 and is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 2.09 Trillion</span> by 2022. The non-alcoholic industry is being driven by seasonal demand and various campaigns. Additionally, with government initiatives to promote healthier drink options, many beverage companies have added product options to promote health and wellness. Koios Beverage Corp. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KBEVF#OTC" rel="nofollow">KBEVF</a>), GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GNC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">GNC</a>), The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KO#NYSE" rel="nofollow">KO</a>), Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KDP#NYSE" rel="nofollow">KDP</a>), Cott Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/COT#NYSE" rel="nofollow">COT</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The soft drinks segment accounts for a large portion of the non-alcoholic drink market. However, the segment is expected to decline in market share due to escalating health concerns over obesity and diabetes. Furthermore, the soft drink segment is also being limited by government regulations related to sugary drinks. The tea and coffee segments, however, are projected to experience the highest growth rate and is identified as a lucrative sector for investment. These two segments are appealing due to the beneficial effects associated with antioxidants and the prominence of the cafe culture, even though tea and coffee currently account for a small market share of the overall beverage industry. Now, due to the recent consumer shifts in demand, healthier drink options are becoming widely popular. &#34;Taste and price are no longer the only criteria for beverage launches: brands need to meet consumer demand for health, natural ingredients, responsible sourcing and sustainability. While the baseline for innovation has become more demanding, there is still a huge white space for new ideas and products,&#34; according to <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.beveragedaily.com/Article/2018/03/01/Shaping-the-next-generation-of-soft-drinks-The-baseline-for-innovation-has-become-more-demanding?utm_source=copyright&amp;utm_medium=OnSite&amp;utm_campaign=copyright" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Zenith Global</a>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Koios Beverage Corp.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KBEVF#OTC" rel="nofollow">KBEVF</a>) is also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/KBEV#CSE" rel="nofollow">KBEV</a>). The company just announced breaking news that, &#34;has received its first purchase order with GNC Holdings, Inc. (GNC), a leading global health and wellness brand with thousands of retail stores across the US and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span>. It is the largest single order for product that Koios has received in its corporate history.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The order is for Koios&#39;s four most popular flavours - Apricot Vanilla, Berry Genius, Peach Mango, and Pear Guava. The beverages will be available for purchase initially in approximately 2,700 GNC retail stores in the US</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Pittsburgh</span>-based GNC has more than 6,400 retail locations throughout <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> and franchise operations in approximately 50 international markets. GNC Canada is based in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mississauga, Ontario</span> and operates as a subsidiary of GNC.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;The response to our new product lines at a regional level has exceeded our forecasts and expectations,&#34; said Koios CEO <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Chris Miller</span>. &#34;Demand across the US has grown exponentially and our new national roll out with GNC will allow us to serve our ever-growing consumer base.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;The alignment with GNC is a perfect fit for Koios,&#34; Miller added. &#34;GNC is the gold standard when it comes to being a well-known, go-to source for health, wellness and sports nutrition products.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Koios is an emerging player in the functional beverages industry. It has developed a proprietary blend of nootropics and natural organic compounds to help enhance a person&#39;s ability to focus and concentrate.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;Securing a partnership with the leading nutritional retailer in the world quickly validates our product and increases the demand in the market place for products such as ours,&#34; Miller said.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">GNC sets the standard in the nutritional supplement industry-demanding truth in labeling, ingredient safety and product potency, all while remaining on the cutting-edge of nutritional science. As the company has grown over the years, so has its commitment to living well.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Koios is expected to be available in GNC stores before the end of Q1, 2019. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About the Company</b></u><u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;</b></u><u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">s Business</b></u> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Koios, Inc., is an emerging functional beverage company which has a large and growing distribution network of retail locations across <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span> in which to sell its products. Koios has relationships with some of the largest and most reputable distributors in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999343/beverage-companies-turn-to-healthy-drinks-as-consumer-demand-shifts alt=Beverage Companies Turn to Healthy Drinks as Consumer Demand Shifts>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> COT GNC KBEV KBEVF KDP KO Small Cap Opinion Press Releases COT CA22163N1069 KO US1912161007 GNC US36191G1076 KBEV KDP KBEVF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12999343 at https://www.benzinga.com Burgeoning Cannabis Industry Showing No Signs of Slowing Down While Economic Opportunities Abound https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999071/burgeoning-cannabis-industry-showing-no-signs-of-slowing-down-while-ec <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">January 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Financialnewsmedia</i></b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">.com News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">It is proving more and more that Cannabis based companies must think and act beyond the current day-to-day operations as well as focus on product development, strategic partnerships and gaining consumer trust. Especially as the rising demand of marijuana for recreational use and medical use is a key factor driving massive growth potentials. In fact, legal cannabis and the rising popularity of CBD infused products has started gaining traction worldwide due to very high demand among consumers and increasing legalization of recreational or medical marijuana in various countries. According to Grand View Research, the global legal marijuana market is expected to reach USD <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$146.4 billion</span> by end of 2025. Grand View also believes that an increasing number of companies operating in the marijuana market are expected to bolster the quantity and variety of products reaching the end users.  Advances in new product development are expected to enhance product adoption among consumers while the legal marijuana market is witnessing strong technological and information exchange.  Active companies in the Cannabis market this week include <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Medicine Man Technologies</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MDCL#OTC" rel="nofollow">MDCL</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Tilray, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TLRY#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">TLRY</a>), <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>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Aphria Inc.</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/APHA#NYSE" rel="nofollow">APHA</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/APHA#TSX" rel="nofollow">APHA</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MariMed Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MRMD#OTC" rel="nofollow">MRMD</a>).<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Further examples of exciting times ahead as well as expected continued growth include Cannabis industry leaders, lobbyists and advocates are expected to flock to lawmakers in hopes of influencing legislation based on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New York&#39;s</span> Gov. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Andrew Cuomo&#39;s</span> pot proposal that has recently hit the wires.  Some key issues outlined by Cuomo in his state of the state speech include protecting minors under 21, improving drugged driving enforcement and limiting major cannabis companies control of the industry. Others involve plans for spending cannabis taxes and reducing public-health risks. Creating a new Office of Cannabis Management is a big part of Cuomo&#39;s plan, despite the lack of details on how it would operate.  The cannabis office would take over regulation of medical marijuana in addition to the newly added recreational businesses under the plan.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Medicine Man Technologies</b> (OTCQX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MDCL#OTCQX" rel="nofollow">MDCL</a>) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS</b>:  Medicine Man Technologies a leading consulting, intellectual property licensing and products company in the cannabis industry, has announced a binding agreement that is expected to lead to the near-term acquisition of the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span> licensee, Medicine Man Denver (MMD). MMD is one of the pioneering operators that helped establish the burgeoning cannabis industry over the past decade, with brand recognition far beyond its immediate market. Its operations include one of the largest indoor cultivations in the state of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span> as well as four retail locations with combined sales that have kept it in the top tier of operators in the state.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MDCL plans to pursue other acquisitions and partnerships with similar, mature industry leading operators, in the birth place of the legal cannabis industry and beyond</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">These planned and prospective transactions are helping to realize the promise of MDCL&#39;s vision to establish an industry-leading, fully-integrated cannabis company that delivers resources to entrepreneurs in the industry and soon, products to consumers.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;Building upon MMT&#39;s established expertise as consultants that have helped win licenses and establish operations in 17 states with over 100 clients, these moves are keeping the promise of Medicine Man Technologies&#39; vision to become an operator in this space,&#34; says <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Andy Williams</span>, Medicine Man Technologies&#39; Chief Executive Officer. &#34;Once officially brought into the fold, MDCL&#39;s annual revenue run rate will exceed <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$40 million</span>. We couldn&#39;t be more excited about what the future holds.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Because MMD is a holder of cannabis licenses issued by the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) in the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">State ...</span></p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12999071/burgeoning-cannabis-industry-showing-no-signs-of-slowing-down-while-ec alt=Burgeoning Cannabis Industry Showing No Signs of Slowing Down While Economic Opportunities Abound>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> APHA CRON MDCL MRMD TLRY TSX:APHA TSX:CRON Small Cap Opinion Press Releases MDCL MRMD CRON TSX:CRON TLRY US88688T1007 APHA TSX:APHA Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:45:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12999071 at https://www.benzinga.com B2B Solutions for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Services are Growing in Big Way https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12998948/b2b-solutions-for-business-process-outsourcing-bpo-services-are-growin <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">January 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Financialnewsmedia</i></b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">.com News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Corporate executives have long seen the value of outsourcing in time, money and quality of services it provides. An <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://online.wsj.com/ad/article/realbusiness-outsourcing" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">article published</a> by The Wall Street Journal online back in 2013 gives us a snapshot in time of the growing momentum for large corporations to outsource certain aspects of its internal operations. The article said: &#34;Finance and accounting (F&amp;A) was one of the first back-office processes that companies outsourced, and the practice continues to boom: As the market matures, companies contracting for outcomes are exploring fresh ideas and seeking new answers to streamline (other company) processes. They are expanding outsourcing to new areas of finance and accounting, new industries, and new sizes of companies than in the past.&#34; Active companies in the markets this week include <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Surge Holdings, Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SURG#OTC" rel="nofollow">SURG</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">First Data Corporation</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FDC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">FDC</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Accenture plc</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACN#NYSE" rel="nofollow">ACN</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Zendesk, Inc.</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ZEN#NYSE" rel="nofollow">ZEN</a>), <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Infosys Limited</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/INFY#NYSE" rel="nofollow">INFY</a>).<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> As companies look to leverage the power of their data, they are turning to outsourcers with greater expertise and technology resources than they have in-house. Also stated in WSJ article, &#34;An outsourcer is going to have access to state-of-the-art technology, and experts who use those software packages every day. While CFOs of large companies are focused on outsourcing to improve far-flung global operations, smaller companies, who have typically eschewed outsourcing of F&amp;A, are beginning to embrace it as well. Outsourcers have expanded their offerings to the small- and mid-size company segments and developed solutions targeted toward specific vertical industries.&#34;  Now jumping forward to today, a Business News Daily <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5473-best-call-center-services.html" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">article published</a> <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">January 2, 2019</span> shows that outsourcing has been applied to more and more operational aspects of both large and small companies in a big way! Call centers are one of the most widely accepted even necessary to the health and efficiency of successful companies.&#39;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Surge Holdings, Inc.</b> (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SURG#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">SURG</a>) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS</b> : Surge Holdings the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Las Vegas</span>-based Technology, Telecom and Blockchain FinTech Software company announces today the completion of agreement to acquire a 40% equity ownership of Centercom Global, S.A. de C.V (&#34;Centercom&#34;). Centercom is a dynamic operations center currently providing Surge sales support, customer service, IT infrastructure design, graphic media, database programming, software development, revenue assurance, lead generation, and other various operational support services for SURG.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Brian Cox</span>, CEO of SURG, said, &#34;I am pleased to report the smooth closing of our agreement with Centercom. We now have accessible bilingual human capital to support our strategic plan to grow the right way.  As an example, the Centercom CTO is already at our administrative HQ in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Memphis</span>, working directly with our Surge CTO, planning for our next generation data center in advance of new product rollouts such as the SurgePays Reloadable Visa Card for the underbanked.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The primary Centercom initiatives to support SURG 2019 growth plans are:</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Assisting in onboarding SurgePays Portal into over 40,000 retail locations and subsequent ongoing white glove support</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Aggressively marketing new &#34;Free Wireless Service&#34; program to substantially grow customer base while beefing up customer service</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Launch SurgePays Reloadable Visa Card by end of 1<sup xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">st</sup> Quarter</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Support our IT infrastructure including database management</li> <li ...</ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12998948/b2b-solutions-for-business-process-outsourcing-bpo-services-are-growin alt=B2B Solutions for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Services are Growing in Big Way>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACN Banking/Financial Services FDC INFY Outsourcing Businesses SURG ZEN Small Cap Opinion Press Releases INFY US4567881085 SURG US87160G1076 ACN IE00B4BNMY34 ZEN FDC Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:30:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12998948 at https://www.benzinga.com 5 Companies That Could Win Big as the U.S. Legalizes Sports Betting https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12998204/5-companies-that-could-win-big-as-the-u-s-legalizes-sports-betting <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">January 17, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">FN Media Group Presents Safehaven.com Market Commentary</i></b>  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">This is the point in time where <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Las Vegas</span> is transformed into something that transcends physical boundaries, and we have the U.S. Supreme Court to thank for opening up a massive sports betting market that-for starters-will probably absorb the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$150 billion</span> the American Gambling Association estimates is bet illegally on sports every year in the U.S. Mentioned in today&#39;s commentary includes: MGM Resorts (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MGM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">MGM</a>), Caesars Entertainment (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CZR#NYSE" rel="nofollow">CZR</a>), Madison Square Gardens (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MSG#NYSE" rel="nofollow">MSG</a>), Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/PENN#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">PENN</a>), GameHost Inc (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/GHIFF#OTC" rel="nofollow">GHIFF</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The beneficiaries are big and varied. Everyone from live in-game betting operators, to casinos, sports clubs and betting app makers are set to cash in their chips here.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Some are even speculating that social media giants such as Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and Google (GOOGL) will be clamoring to enter the sports betting business because they could easily take advantage of their massive user bases and infrastructure. However crowded this space becomes, all bets are on the house.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In May, the <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/05/21/casinos-ready-to-bet-big-on-sports-gambling.aspx" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Supreme Court</a> struck down a 1992 federal law that barred states from authorizing sports gambling. Now, many states are lining up to copy something like the quarter of a billion dollars in sports bets that <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New Jersey</span> took in just in October, or even better, the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$528 million</span> that <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span> took in.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">So while casino stocks, for instance, flopped this year, analysts are expecting outsized gains going forward. As Bernstein&#39;s <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Vitaly Umansky</span> notes, &#34;the gaming space has shown, time and again, that if investors pick the right market, the right company, at the right time, outsized returns are possible&#34;.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Whether it&#39;s an established casino giant angling for fresh flesh, a sports team that sees the green in partnering with the gambling world, or a savvy small-cap that sneaks in to position itself as an end-to-end provider of next-gen gaming solutions …</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Here are 5 stocks that can get </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">investors</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">into the</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> game:</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">#1 MGM Resorts</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MGM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">MGM</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The largest casino operator in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span>, MGM pulls in more than <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$4 billion</span> in revenue just from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Las Vegas</span>, but now its angling big for sports betting, surrounding it on all fronts.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In no uncertain terms, these guys are building a sports betting empire that is poised to end up trumping their casino operations, as evidenced by their recent partnership deal with Major League Baseball (MLB), which also features in our Top 5 list. So, MGM will be MLB&#39;s official gaming partner, adding to the resorts company&#39;s sports line-up, which already included pro basketball and hockey.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Investors will also be keenly watching how MGM&#39;s partnership deal with Boyd Gaming is leveraged. BYD is one of the biggest sportsbooks operators in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Las Vegas</span>, and MGM will now <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/08/13/mgm-resorts-wants-to-dominate-sports-betting.aspx" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">have access</a> to its online and mobile gaming platforms-and vice versa-in some 15 states.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">#2</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Bragg Gaming Group</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">, Inc.</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">(</b><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BRAG.V/?p=BRAG.V" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BRAG.V</b></a><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">;</b> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BKDCF/?p=BKDCF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BKDCF</b></a><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">)</b></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">This little-known company boasts the single largest Facebook page in the online sports industry, with 26 million fans who are sports fanatics. The Bragg Gaming Group is betting that many of them are ready to pounce on a new sports gambling app in the <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/audio/2018-05-14/sports-betting-becomes-a-reality-billions-at-stake-audio" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$150-billion</span></a> market that just opened up.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.bragg.games/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Bragg</a> is positioning itself as an end-to-end provider of next-generation gaming solutions, transitioning from its traditional tech and AI business. It&#39;s a transformation that&#39;s timed specifically to take advantage of the critical moment for outsized opportunities in the sports betting market.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">They plan on dealing in everything from casinos, e-sports and poker to sports betting, lotteries, B2B/B2C gaming technologies and payment services, so Bragg is set to hit the ground running. Its secret weapon is its <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">GiveMeSport</b> subsidiary, the proud owner of the 26-million-strong Facebook sports information page, which beats even ESPN.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Even better where timing is concerned, they are about to launch their first game to this massive audience. It&#39;s a new app that they&#39;ve been holding back for years, waiting for sports gambling to be legalized.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The catalysts are mounting: Bragg has recently acquired Oryx Gaming, a turnkey gaming solutions provider for casino operators that include over 5,000 integrated games, including from Tier-1 gaming operators. That&#39;s when Breaking Data became Bragg (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BRAG.V/?p=BRAG.V" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">BRAG.V</a>; <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/BKDCF/?p=BKDCF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">BKDCF</a>) and got listed on the TSX Stock Exchange.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Bragg is a highly integrated gaming and media company that leverages its cross product and multi-channel platform to market its diverse product suite. Its sports betting arm will operate under the GiveMeBet banner, working pretty much like Sky Betting and Gaming, which was sold to the Stars Group to April this year for £5.7 billion.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">GiveMeBet will funnel GiveMeSport&#39;s <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">26M</span> users and work to monetize them, starting with sports betting and then moving on to casinos, e-sports, poker, lotteries, B2B/B2C gaming technologies and payment services.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">So, Bragg will own three gaming and media assets: GiveMeSport, Oryx Gaming and GiveMeBet-all to be high-value businesses serving high-growth markets.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Both GiveMeSport and Oryx Gaming are proven growth machines. Since <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">April 2017</span>, Give Me Sport&#39;s UK monthly traffic has increased by 5 million and currently exceeds <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">30M</span>. Revenue has ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12998204/5-companies-that-could-win-big-as-the-u-s-legalizes-sports-betting alt=5 Companies That Could Win Big as the U.S. Legalizes Sports Betting>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CZR GHIFF MGM MSG PENN Small Cap Opinion Press Releases PENN US7075691094 MGM US5529531015 MSG US55826P1003 CZR US1276861036 GHIFF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12998204 at https://www.benzinga.com Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson Renews Call for Investigation in Alleged Accounting and Securities Fraud, SEC Failures, at Ligand Pharmaceuticals https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12996058/rev-fr-emmanuel-lemelson-renews-call-for-investigation-in-alleged-acco <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">MARLBOROUGH, Mass.</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Jan. 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Rev. Fr. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Emmanuel Lemelson</span>, the CIO of Lemelson Capital Management, LLC, a U.S.-based global Investment management firm, today renewed calls for an investigation in Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/LGND#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">LGND</a>), a U.S.-based publicly-traded pharmaceutical company.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Beginning in 2014, Lemelson published 5 research reports, issued 16 articles/press releases, posted 66 tweets, gave 13 interviews, and wrote two letters to Congress, making nearly 1,000 distinct allegations related to accounting and securities fraud perpetrated by the company. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To read Lemelson research reports and letters to congress as well as listen to his interviews on the alleged Ligand Fraud click <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" target="_blank" href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2349428-1&amp;h=1549098645&amp;u=https%3A%2F%2Famvona.com%2Ffeatured%2Ffinding-alpha%2Fitem%2F43530-ligand-pharmaceuticals-nasdaq-lgnd-stock-crashes&amp;a=https%3A%2F%2Famvona.com%2Ffeatured%2Ffinding-alpha%2Fitem%2F43530-ligand-pharmaceuticals-nasdaq-lgnd-stock-crashes" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">https://amvona.com/featured/finding-alpha/item/43530-ligand-pharmaceuticals-nasdaq-lgnd-stock-crashes</a> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/LGND#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">LGND</a>) crashed as much as 25 percent (intraday) today, <span ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12996058/rev-fr-emmanuel-lemelson-renews-call-for-investigation-in-alleged-acco alt=Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Lemelson Renews Call for Investigation in Alleged Accounting and Securities Fraud, SEC Failures, at Ligand Pharmaceuticals>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services LGND Opinion Press Releases LGND US53220K5048 Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:32:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12996058 at https://www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Aurora Cannabis Inc, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Kitov Pharma, PG&E Corp or VirnetX? https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992666/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aurora-cannabis-inc-goodyear-tire-rubbe <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">Jan. 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for ACB, GT, KTOV, PCG, and VHC.</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: <u xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" ...</u></li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992666/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-aurora-cannabis-inc-goodyear-tire-rubbe alt=Thinking about buying stock in Aurora Cannabis Inc, Goodyear Tire &amp; Rubber, Kitov Pharma, PG&amp;E Corp or VirnetX?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACB Banking/Financial Services GT KTOV PCG VHC Opinion Press Releases VHC US92823T1088 GT US3825501014 PCG US69331C1080 ACB KTOV Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12992666 at https://www.benzinga.com Option-trading opportunities on Advanced Micro Devices, Bank of America, The Goldman Sachs Group, New Age Beverages Co, and Snap Inc. https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992667/option-trading-opportunities-on-advanced-micro-devices-bank-of-america <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">Jan. 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AMD, BAC, GS, NBEV, and SNAP.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Click a link below to see an in-depth options trade idea report.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Options Report</b> – Ideal trade ideas on up ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992667/option-trading-opportunities-on-advanced-micro-devices-bank-of-america alt=Option-trading opportunities on Advanced Micro Devices, Bank of America, The Goldman Sachs Group, New Age Beverages Co, and Snap Inc.>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMD BAC Banking/Financial Services GS NBEV SNAP Opinion Press Releases AMD US0079031078 BAC US0605051046 GS US38141G1040 NBEV SNAP Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12992667 at https://www.benzinga.com Rapidly Expanding Cannabis Market Shifts its Attention to Security Services https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992306/rapidly-expanding-cannabis-market-shifts-its-attention-to-security-ser <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">January 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The cannabis market is growing at a remarkable rate, as the legalization movement sees success. Despite the global expansion, the North American segment continues to dominate the cannabis industry worldwide. However, many countries in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Europe</span> are already exploring medical opportunities within the cannabis market. And according to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Peter Homberg</span>, Partner and Head of the Life Sciences Practice at Dentons, European nations like <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Germany</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Denmark</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Italy</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Belgium</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Netherlands</span> and many more have already legalized or are in the process of legalizing medical cannabis. Although the medical segment is growing rapidly, the recreational market is still developing, primarily led by U.S. states like <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span>, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span>. According to data compiled by Genesis Market Insights, the global cannabis market was valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 17.18 Billion</span> in 2017 and is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 58.90 Billion</span> by 2023. Additionally, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR 22.91% throughout the forecast period, from 2018 to 2023. 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. (OTC: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=PTVYF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">PTVYF</a>), Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/TLRY#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">TLRY</a>), Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/IIPR#NYSE" rel="nofollow">IIPR</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>), CannTrust Holdings Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CNTTF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CNTTF</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">With the growing rate of the cannabis industry, new sub-segment opportunities have developed, as companies try to enter. Due to the grey area of the cannabis market, businesses such as banks are barred from working with cannabis-related companies. Nonetheless, the industry has led to the development of private sectors such as banking, edibles, and e-commerce, but one sector has come into the spotlight: security. Now, cannabis companies such as cultivators, retailers, and dispensaries are demanding security services. These companies are mainly seeking services like security monitoring, alarms, and armored truck transportation. &#34;Security considerations will likely be a component of the application process,&#34; says <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Harrison Jordan</span>, a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Toronto</span>-based cannabis lawyer and consultant. &#34;We don&#39;t know how specific the requirements will be. In any event, it would be prudent to partner with someone expert in security practices.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd.</b> (OTC: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=PTVYF" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">PTVYF</a>) is also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/SAFE#CSE" rel="nofollow">SAFE</a>). Earlier this week, the Company announced breaking news that, &#34;3 Sixty Secure Corp, a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3Sixty, has entered into a three-year master services agreement to provide security services to Canopy Growth Corporation (&#34;Canopy Growth&#34;) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/WEED#TSX" rel="nofollow">WEED</a>) (NYSE:  <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=CGC" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">CGC</a>) across Canada. As part of the agreement, 3 Sixty Secure Corp. will provide 24/7 guarding services to protect Canopy Growth&#39;s Canadian facilities, as well as other security services as required. The agreement will include all existing and future Canopy Growth facilities across Canada. The agreement with Canopy Growth expands services to include all of its national facilities and extends the prior agreement from a one-year term to a three-year term.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;Reaching an agreement that extends and expands security services provided to Canopy Growth marks another important milestone for 3Sixty as we continue to assert ourselves as leaders in cannabis security,&#39; said Thomas Gerstenecker, CEO and Founder of 3Sixty. &#39;I believe that our selection by Canopy Growth, a world-leading cannabis company, reaffirms the quality of our protective service offerings and supports our position as a leader in security services. Our sales pipeline is robust, and we are engaged with numerous companies seeking leading security solutions tailored to the cannabis industry and within non-core industries that require a full-spectrum of exceptional security services and solutions.&#39;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd. - 3 Sixty Risk Solutions Ltd., operating through its wholly-owned subsidiary, 3 Sixty Secure Corp., is one of Canada&#39;s leading security service providers to the cannabis sector, transporting approximately $250 million of product every month. 3Sixty provides cannabis security consulting, guarding and secure transport security services to more than 500 customers and more than 60 licensed cannabis producers, including some of the world&#39;s largest, such as licensed producers owned by Canopy Growth Corporation. 3Sixty has a staff of over 250 employees and employs a fleet of over 60 vehicles, which management believes provides a combined security footprint to approximately 30 million square feet of patrolled area.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">About Canopy Growth Corporation - Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time. Canopy Growth has operations in 12 countries across five continents. Canopy Growth is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public&#39;s understanding of cannabis, ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992306/rapidly-expanding-cannabis-market-shifts-its-attention-to-security-ser alt=Rapidly Expanding Cannabis Market Shifts its Attention to Security Services>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CGC CNTTF CWBHF IIPR PTVYF SAFE TLRY TSX:WEED Small Cap Opinion Press Releases CGC CNTTF PTVYF IIPR SAFE TSX:WEED TLRY US88688T1007 CWBHF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12992306 at https://www.benzinga.com Emerging Hot Products in the CBD Market Over 2019 https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992328/emerging-hot-products-in-the-cbd-market-over-2019 <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">LOS ANGELES</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">January 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">FN Media Group Presents </i></b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">USA</span> News Group News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://usanewsgroup.com/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">USA</span> News Group</a> - As expected, the legalization of medical marijuana and hemp in a variety of jurisdictions is creating new markets for CBD products derived from cannabis and hemp. The products that are trending may surprise you.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Companies in the cannabis growth and CBD derived products space are hopping on the wave of change in both <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> and many U.S. states where they stand to cash-in on the growth trend, including providers like General Cannabis Corp (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CANN#OTC" rel="nofollow">CANN</a>), Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSX.V: RIV) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CNPOF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CNPOF</a>) and MedMen Enterprises Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MMNFF#OTC" rel="nofollow">MMNFF</a>) (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MMEN#CSE" rel="nofollow">MMEN</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Alongside the retail market for marijuana which is booming, the CBD products business is also gaining major momentum. Of the early innovators in the space, The Yield Growth Corp. is getting a lot of attention. <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Yield Growth Corp.</b> (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BOSS#CSE" rel="nofollow">BOSS</a>) has developed a line of wellness and beauty products that make the most of what the hemp plant can legally offer in almost any country, as well as offering the opportunity to infuse those products with THC or CBD where legal.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Other innovators are following the pack, and as with most emerging markets, first movers are gaining the advantage.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Beverages Are A Big Deal</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Beverages are a hot product in general, with soda alternatives like LaCroix, Bubly sparkling water and a number of infused beverages (Bai Antioxidant Infusions, KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink, etc.) taking away major market share from the declining sugar soda categories.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Now CBD-infused beverages are moving swiftly to compete in the popular beverage market. Not only is CBD widely recognized for its wellness benefits for things like anxiety reducers and as a sleep aid, but CBD beverages can also take the form of sparkling water, coffee, teas, energy drinks - even beer, wine and combined alcoholic beverages. This can also multiply the number of dosage options opening up whole new target markets. Several of the leading hemp-CBD product manufacturers are looking at this strategy, planning to compete with, or be acquired by, large corporations who have interest in the CBD space and are ready to get moving upon commercial hemp legalization.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Based on these shifts, beverages are expected to become a major CBD growth area. Sales are projected to jump from a market estimated at about <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$12 million</span> in 2018 to more like a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$200 million</span>-plus market in 2019. That&#39;s accompanied by an expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 242 percent through the next four years.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Would You believe Pet Products?</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Only a small group of pet CBD-focused brands have started gaining traction in the market to date, along with some larger CBD brands that already have existing pet lines in their product offerings (e.g., Charlotte&#39;s Web Holdings). However, CBD pet products are attracting real interest of pet owners around the country who have discovered the positive effects on their much-loved pets, largely without the side effects of drugs.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Also, ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992328/emerging-hot-products-in-the-cbd-market-over-2019 alt=Emerging Hot Products in the CBD Market Over 2019>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BOSS CANN CNPOF MMEN MMNFF TSX:RIV Small Cap Opinion Press Releases CANN BOSS MMEN MMNFF TSX:RIV CNPOF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12992328 at https://www.benzinga.com CBD-Derived Products on the Rise After Farm Bill Gives License to Grow https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992352/cbd-derived-products-on-the-rise-after-farm-bill-gives-license-to-grow <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">January 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Cannabis has become the new craze as legalization efforts continue to spread. The cannabis movement has gone into full swing, with recent milestones like <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada&#39;s</span> complete legalization of cannabis and the U.S. adding an additional three states to its growing list of pro-cannabis states. However, the industry is limited due to regulatory restrictions imposed upon cannabis businesses. On the other hand, cannabidiol, or CBD, has significantly fewer guidelines as opposed to THC because of its non-psychoactive nature. With the recent passing of the U.S. Farm Bill, which legalized hemp, the CBD market is expected to rapidly expand. According to data compiled by the Hemp Business Journal, a division of New Frontier Data, the total sales for the U.S. hemp industry totaled <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 820 Million</span> and are expected to coalesce into a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 1.9 Billion</span> market by 2022. Additionally, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 14.4% throughout the forecast period, from 2018 to 2022. Specifically, the industry is expected to be driven by the increasing sales in the hemp-derived CBD and industrial application segments. Weekend Unlimited Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/WKULF#OTC" rel="nofollow">WKULF</a>), mCig, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/MCIG#OTC" rel="nofollow">MCIG</a>), Freedom Leaf, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FRLF#OTC" rel="nofollow">FRLF</a>), PotNetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/POTN#OTC" rel="nofollow">POTN</a>), Future Farm Technologies Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/FFRMF#OTC" rel="nofollow">FFRMF</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In 2017, the hemp-derived CBD product segment delivered <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 190 Million</span> in sales, accounting for 23% of the overall market. Another large segment in the hemp industry is the food segment, which delivered <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 137 Million</span> in sales, accounting for 17% of the hemp market in 2017. The food segment is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 212 Million</span> by 2022, although the food edible sector, in particular, is limited due to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration&#39;s regulations. On the other hand, the beverage industry has been thriving. Large beverage companies have invested in CBD producers in an effort to create therapeutic, non-alcoholic drinks. &#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; Managing Director of Canaccord Genuity <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Bobby Burleson</span> wrote in a note, according to Bloomberg.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Weekend Unlimited Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/WKULF#OTC" rel="nofollow">WKULF</a>) also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/YOLO#CSE" rel="nofollow">YOLO</a>). Just yesterday the company announced breaking news that the, &#34;closing of its previously announced (<span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">Nov. 13, 2018</span>) acquisition of Verve Beverage Company (VBC).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;With the addition of Verve we now have a platform for Weekend to expand both its distribution and product offerings, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) by state where legal and CBD (cannabidiol) across the country. This distribution network will allow us to grow and manage indirect channel and big-box placements nationwide for multiple brands in our portfolio,&#39; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Paul Chu</span>, Weekend President and Chief Executive Officer.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;Verve is a premium energy beverage with over <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$236-million</span> (U.S.) in historical sales in the direct-to-consumer channel. VBC Brands owns the exclusive distribution licence to launch this proven brand into retail stores in the U.S., <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, leveraging over <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$150-million</span> spent in marketing and developing the brand,&#39; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Bradley Robb</span>, President of VBC Brands.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;VBC&#39;s Champ CBD and non-CBD beverages serve to extend our opportunities in the wellness industry, positioning the company&#39;s line to take advantage of growing demand as the market shifts in attitude, and legislatively, regarding quality cannabinoid products,&#39; explained Mr. Robb. &#39;As the official energy drink of the National Hockey League&#39;s San Jose Sharks, Champ sales and distribution will be initially focused in the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span> market,&#39; added Mr. Robb.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Verve and Champ highlights:</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Verve is uniquely positioned in the beverage market with a proven product and a recognized brand.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Functional beverages are one of the highest-growth categories in the beverage industry.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Over <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$100-million</span> was spent developing the Verve brand globally.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Verve is physician formulated and clinically studied.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Verve brand has sold over <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$236-million</span> (U.S.) in historical direct-to-consumer sales, now positioned for retail distribution rollout -- the sales generated gross margins of approximately 50 per cent.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Verve is launching a CBD-infused beverage in the first quarter 2019.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">CBD-infused beverages are expected to become a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$600-million</span> market in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span> by 2022 according to Canaccord Genuity as reported in ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992352/cbd-derived-products-on-the-rise-after-farm-bill-gives-license-to-grow alt=CBD-Derived Products on the Rise After Farm Bill Gives License to Grow>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> FFRMF FRLF MCIG PNAT POTN WKULF YOLO Small Cap Opinion Press Releases MCIG POTN FRLF FFRMF PNAT YOLO WKULF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12992352 at https://www.benzinga.com Recreational Cannabis Use Continues to Gain Market Share Around the Globe https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992360/recreational-cannabis-use-continues-to-gain-market-share-around-the-gl <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">January 16, 2019</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The cannabis industry has grown tremendously in recent years due to its widespread legalization. Many countries are taking steps towards utilizing cannabis for therapeutic effects. Despite the global expansion, the U.S. and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> are expected to dominate the cannabis industry worldwide. The U.S. currently has 33 states and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Washington D.C.</span> that have legalized cannabis of some form while <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> has legalized cannabis entirely. According to Forbes, citing data compiled by ArcView Market Research, in partnership with BDS Analytics, the global legal cannabis trade was valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 9.5 Billion</span>, with the U.S. accounting for 90% of the market. By 2022, the U.S. cannabis market is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 23.4 Billion</span>, accounting for 73% of the global market. The Canadian market is expected to be valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 5.5 Billion</span>, accounting for 17% of the global market, while the rest of the world represents <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 3.1 Billion</span>, or 10%, of the industry. Biome Grow Inc. (OTC: BIOIF), The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/WTER#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">WTER</a>), Isodiol International Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ISOLF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ISOLF</a>), Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/CBWTF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CBWTF</a>), Aleafia Health Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ALEAF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ALEAF</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">According to the data, the recreational segment is expected to become the main growth driver for the global cannabis market, despite the having heavy limitations imposed on it globally. The medical segment dwindled from accounting for 100% of the market in 2013, to 71% in 2017. The report expects the medical segment to account for 41% of the overall industry in 2018 as <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span>, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada&#39;s</span> adult-use thrive. &#34;The entry of one of the largest alcohol and one of the largest tobacco companies into the cannabis sector as well as the Congressional passage of a Farm Bill legalizing growing hemp in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span>, were key to making 2018 a year of historical importance,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Troy Dayton</span>, Chief Executive Officer of The Arcview Group. &#34;This year, we also saw two of the world&#39;s three largest legal medical markets - <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> - transition to legal regimes that allow all adult consumers to buy cannabis, while voters in the other top-3 market - <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Michigan</span> - approved a ballot measure to do the same.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Biome Grow Inc.</b> (OTCQB: BIOIF) also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/BIO#CSE" rel="nofollow">BIO</a>). Earlier today, Biome Grow Inc. and its <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nova Scotia</span> based brand Highland Grow Inc. (&#34;Highland Grow&#34;) announced breaking news having, &#34;secured a second purchase order with the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (&#34;NSLC&#34;) in less than a week.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The second shipment associated with this new purchase order left the High Grow facility Tuesday morning and is expected be on store shelves later this week. Through this shipment Highland Grow will introduce a fourth genetic offering into its local market and will continue to expand its genetic and product offerings throughout 2019.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Highland Grow successfully delivered its first shipment of finished product grown and packaged specifically for the local consumers in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nova Scotia</span> to the NSLC on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">January 10th</span>. It is the company&#39;s understanding the products in the first shipment were received well and sold quickly. Biome would like to thank the NSLC for highlighting its products as locally sourced through premium in-store positioning and related initiatives.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#39;The future of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nova Scotia&#39;s</span> cannabis market is looking very bright,&#39; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Khurram Malik</span>, CEO of Biome Grow. &#39;We anticipated that consumers would be exploring the cannabis retail market looking for not only diverse offerings, but locally produced cannabis products and we were right. We believe this further validates Biome&#39;s mission to execute a localized approach.&#39;&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Alkaline Water Company Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/WTER#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">WTER</a>) has developed an innovative, state-of-the-art, proprietary electrolysis process that produces healthy alkaline water for a balanced lifestyle. The Alkaline Water Company Inc., with products bottled under the trademark Alkaline88®, recently announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, A88 Infused Beverage Division, Inc., has entered into an exclusive formulation, development, and supply agreement with American Nutritional Products Inc., headquartered in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Carson City, Nevada</span>. This Agreement solidifies the Company&#39;s ongoing relationship with ANP to finalize the formulations for the Company&#39;s Cannabinol (CBD) and infused products. ANP has agreed to initially develop ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/r12992360/recreational-cannabis-use-continues-to-gain-market-share-around-the-gl alt=Recreational Cannabis Use Continues to Gain Market Share Around the Globe>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ALEAF BIO BIOIF CBWTF ISOLF WRLD WTER Small Cap Opinion Press Releases WRLD US9814191048 BIO US0905722072 WTER ISOLF CBWTF ALEAF BIOIF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 12992360 at https://www.benzinga.com