Two interconnected cannabis stocks are currently hot investments. But which stock should new investors buy for capitals gains? Let’s take a quick look at Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) and spin-off company Canopy Rivers (TSX:RIV) to see which one belongs in a starter Canadian cannabis stock portfolio today.
The future “Coca Cola” of cannabis?
Canopy Growth is still one of the major contenders for a new investor’s cannabis portfolio, with deep value being heralded by pundits. However, whether the stock has bottomed out and whether it will rebound to the kinds of prices seen last year is hotly contested. What is for certain, though, is that the stock is a comparatively safe play in an extremely competitive new field.
Canopy Rivers just got bumped up a notch, meanwhile, joining the TSX September 9. Its CEO, Narbe Alexandrian, said in a statement: “We are proud to join a class of issuers that includes many reputable domestic and international companies. We believe that graduating to the TSX will improve awareness about Canopy Rivers and enhance liquidity for our shareholders and other market participants.”
It certainly won’t do any harm. The stock was up by single figures by the end of the week, while, at the time of writing, Canopy Growth has itself shot up by 11% in its last five days of trading. This is a positive development and continues a trend of rallying pot stocks, despite a turbulent outlook in the markets.
A massive market means massive upside
The potential for growth in the American cannabis market is quantifiably huge. The U.S. smoked and gobbled its way through almost $10 billion worth of the green stuff last year.
In terms of hemp consumption, New Frontier Data’s Hemp Business Journal valued the U.S. market for hemp derivatives at $390 million for the same period. The journal has further estimated