The 10 major shorts in the Cannabis sector, which make up over 95% of all shorts in the sector, were down $28 million in mark-to-market losses today, bringing year-to-date losses to $1.02 billion.
Short sellers have been covering some of their Tilray short positions over the last week. With shares shorted down 292k shares, -7.72%, as Tilray’s stock price declined by 14.24% over that same time period. Shares shorted are 3.49 million shares, $287 million of Short Interest. This is the lowest level of shares shorted since early December.
TLRY US\CN short interest is $286 million; 3.43 million shares shorted; 33.24% of the float with a stock borrow rate on existing short positions at 182% fee (per annum).
There is very little stock loan available in this name and there is not enough stock available for any large short sales.
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The mergers and acquisition activity in the Cannabis Sector continued today with Green Growth Brands Ltd. offering $2.1 billion in a hostile takeover of Aphria Inc (APHA). This follows Altria Inc’s announced $1.8 billion investment in Cronos Group (CRON); Constellation Brands purchase of 5.5% of Canopy Growth Corp (CGC); Molson Coors Brewing Co’s joint venture with HEXO Corp (HEXO); and Anheiser-Busch Inbev’s research partnership with Tilray Inc (TJRY).