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Libertex was recognized as the best trading application and cryptocurrency broker
We are pleased to announce, that the Libertex trading platform was recognized as the best trading application of 2017 and the best cryptocurrency broker version as per the Forex Awards.
"The Libertex recognition as the best trading application and cryptocurrency broker proves that 2.2 million traders made the right decision in choosing it to trade standard financial assets and for cryptocurrency trading", - said Igor Galkin, Forex Club Head of Sales
Libertex is a trading platform at the forefront of modern financial technology. Libertex users are able to make transactions with more than 180 financial assets. There are standard financial assets - stocks, indexes, energy contracts etc, and modern assets, such as cryptocurrencies and their cross-rates via Libertex. Professionals all over the world recognize Libertex as the leader in traditional and innovative financial asset trading.
One of the top financial magazines, Global Banking and Finance Review, recognized Libertex as the EES best trading application in 2016.
Forex Awards is an international rating company. Since 2010, it has been evaluating financial entities and trading platforms as well as applications.



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12 new instruments are now available for trading via Libertex
The Libertex trading platform has provided its traders with an opportunity to trade 12 new instruments. New assets are intended for both traders, who are interested in earning on traditional instruments, and those who trade Cryprocurrency assets.
Now traders can operate with the following Cryprocurrencies:
 
  • Cardano (ADAUSD) – token of an innovative platform created for the implementation of a Cryptocurrency economy and democratization of monetary turnover.
  • NEM (XEMUSD) –  the Cryptocurrency and the platform for data management on the basis of blockchain technology.
  • Stellar (XLMUSD) – it is also not just a Cryptocurrency, but a platform for currency transactions.
  • EOS (EOSUSD) –  a token that is used in the blockchain architecture and intended for scaling decentralized applications, which is also the new project by Dan Larimer.
  • TRON (TRXUSD) – the Cryptocurrency used by the decentralized platform in the TRON entertainment industry
  • Stratis (STRATUSD) - the Cryptocurrency and the platform for the development of corporate applications.
Apart from this, 6 CFDs on stocks of Russian and other foreign companies are now available to traders:
 
  • Aeroflot (AFLT) – one of the world´s oldest and the largest airline company in Russia.
  • Novatek (NVTK) –Russian gas company.
  • MTS (MTS) –Russian telecommunication  company.
  • Rosneft (ROSN) – Russian oil and gas company, being one of the world´s largest.
  • Nornickel (GMKN) –  one of the world´s largest producers of nickel and palladium.
  • Netflix (NFLX) - American entertainment company, the provider of films and series to the main steaming multimedia.
The new instruments are available to traders via the Libertex terminal that was recognized to be the best trading application of 2017 and the best Cryprocurrency broker according to Forex Awards.
About Libertex
Libertex is a trading platform that is at the forefront of modern financial technologies. It allows performing transactions with more than 180 financial instruments. Both traditional financial assets, such as CFDs on stocks, indexes, energy carriers, etc. and innovative financial instruments - Cryptocurrencies, as well as Cryptocurrency cross rates are available for trading via the Libertex Exchange.  Professionals all over the world recognize the leadership positions of Libertex, both in the traditional trading segment and in the field of innovative financial instrument trading.
In 2016 Libertex was recognized as the best trading application of 2016 in the EAEU, according to the Global Banking and the Finance Review, the leading financial magazines.

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Spotify and Dropbox available for trading via Libertex


The Libertex trading platform provides its traders with an opportunity to open trading positions in 2 new instruments - CFDs on Spotify (SPOT) and Dropbox (DBX) stocks.
New assets will appeal to those traders who are interested in opening up trading positions in promising technological instruments. Apart from this, these assets will help those traders who would like to diversify their portfolios and reduce trading risks.
The new instruments are available to traders via the Libertex terminal that was recognized to be the best trading application of 2017 and the best Cryprocurrency broker according to Forex Awards.
About Libertex
Libertex is a trading platform that is at the forefront of modern financial technologies. It allows performing transactions with more than 180 financial instruments. Both traditional financial assets, such as CFDs on stocks, indexes, energy carriers, etc. and innovative financial instruments - Cryptocurrencies, as well as Cryptocurrency cross rates are available for trading via the Libertex Exchange.  Professionals all over the world recognize the leadership positions of Libertex, both in the traditional trading segment and in the field of innovative financial instrument trading.
In 2016 Libertex was recognized as the best trading application of 2016 in the EAEU, according to the Global Banking and the Finance Review, the leading financial magazines.

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But after all libertex is a stock exchange mainly for forex?

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According to its description it's pretty good, but you need to understand in the end that this is just a description, possibly an advertising one. Therefore, it's better to see for yourself.

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Colombian attacking midfielder, James Rodríguez, set to continue working with Libertex
James Rodríguez, the attacking midfielder of the Colombian national team and Bayern Munich, will continue working with Libertex, the best trading application in 2017 according to the Forex Awards.
"James is one of the most popular and successful football players in the world. His image is great for emphasizing the key advantages of the Libertex trading platform, which is used by more than 2.2 million people around the world," said Michael Geiger, CEO of Forex Club.
"Collaboration with James, who is taking part in the World Cup in 2018 in Russia with the Columbian national team, will help strengthen the position of the Libertex brand in all of the markets which our company covers" said Matt Krivoshein, Marketing Director of Forex Club Libertex.
James Rodríguez, in turn, noted: "To achieve success in professional football, you have to hone your skills every day and keep pushing forwards towards your goal. In the world of finance, the same rule applies and for that I’m happy to continue my association with Libertex.”
About James Rodríguez:
James Rodríguez is a Colombian footballer, who plays as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich and Colombia. He made his debut at the Colombian football club, "Envigado". In 2014, James won the FIFA Puskás Award, named after Ferenc Puskás, and was also the top goal scorer at the World Cup. He was also hailed as the man of the year in Colombia and the athlete of the year in America in 2014. James Rodríguez was part of the symbolic team of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2017, Bayern Munich signed James on loan from Real Madrid for two seasons with the subsequent right of purchase.
About Libertex
Libertex is an international brand with a 20-year history of working in the financial market and the field of online trading. Libertex offers a wide array of financial tools and helps traders trade effectively in stocks, currencies, indices, commodities, gold, oil, and gas. The Libertex team supports more than 2.2 million customers from Latin America, Europe and Asia with first-class service. About 200 trading tools are available on Libertex. In 2016, Libertex was recognized as the best trading platform by the ForexEXPO Awards and the best trading application in the Eurasian Economic Union under the Global Banking and Finance Review. In 2017, the Forex Awards named Libertex the best trading application and cryptocurrency broker.

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Maximum cryptocurrencies available in Libertex
Libertex trading platform announces that starting from May 23rd traders can perform operations with 14 new cryptocurrency CFD instruments and 2 new currency pairs. This means that Libertex has become one of the leading applications and trading platforms for EU traders in terms of amount of cryptocurrencies available.
Cryptocurrencies are one of the main trends in financial industry for the past couple of years. The demand for these assets grows significantly. We are happy to  satisfy the demand of European traders for new innovative crypto-instruments launching them in our cutting edge Libertex platform.
New instruments list:
•   BTGBTC (Bitcoin Gold / Bitcoin)
•   BTGETH (BITCOIN GOLD / ETHEREUM)
•   DSHBTC (DASHCOIN / BITCOIN)
•   DSHETH (DASHCOIN / ETHEREUM)
•   EOSETH (EOS/ETHEREUM)
•   ETCETH (ETHEREUM CLASSIC / ETHEREUM)
•   IOTETH (IOTA / ETHEREUM)
•   LTCETH (LITECOIN / ETHEREUM)
•   NEOBTC (NEO / BITCOIN)
•   NEOETH (NEO / ETHEREUM)
•   OMGETH (OMISEGO / ETHEREUM)
•   QTMETH (QTUM / ETHEREUM)
•   XMRETH (MONERO / ETHEREUM)
•   ZECETH (ZCASH / ETHEREUM)
•   USDZAR (US Dollar/ South African rand)
•   USDTRY (US Dollar / Turkish lira)
Among the whole list of 40 cryptocurrency CFDs traders can find such as Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, IOTA and many others. One can find the whole list of new cryptocurrencies available at Libertex


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European Markets Falling Facing G7 Issues


Last week was overall negative for the European stock markets, with nearly all major indices going down. Thus, UK's FTSE 100 lost 0.78% over the week, and was trading at 7681.07 by the end of the trading session Friday. France's major CAC40 was also in the red losing 0.42% and declining to 5450.22.
Meanwhile, Germany's DAX was short just 0.03%, trading at 12,766.55 Friday evening. Still, the overall trend was negative, and this can be because of the manufacturing orders decline. As such, April manufacturing orders in Germany came 1% lower, while the analysts were expecting a 0.30% growth. With manufacturing orders going down for four months in a row, and the export data, another major indicator for German economy, falling 0.3% short, too, the negative trend can be clearly visible.
Two largest banks in both Germany and the EU, Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, were in the red on Friday, too. The shares fell by 2.1% and 1.8%, respectively, as Deutsche Bank Chair Paul Achleitner mentioned the potential merger of the two banks that are in competition with one another. Meanwhile, Lloyds, a major bank in the UK, lost 1.20% in market cap because of Standard Life share selloff. The insurance company itself also lost in price, its shares declining by 3.6%.
Infineon Technologies AG, the largest microchip producer in the EU, went up by 0.9% after good forecasts on the revenue and news on future massive investments in manufacturing. The analysts expect the revenue to grow by at least 10% next year, while before it was just 8%.
Siemens AG also managed to go up, by 0.3%. The German giant is merging with Alstom SA, headquartered in France, with respect to railway machinery. Last week, the companies announced the merger would be done only in 6 months, as the European Commission takes a lot of time to review it. Alstom SA shares also increased (by 0.7%) after this news came in.
Meanwhile, IBEX35 in Spain lost 0.04% and is trading at 9746.30. Italian FTSE MIB was not an exception either, losing 2.97% over the week and reaching 21,355.98.
The lower chamber of the Spanish parliament issued a vote of non-confidence to the Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who stepped down shortly after. This political crisis is a menace for the business and the Spanish economy that has been growing lately. As such, IBEX grew by 1.52% last week to reach 9914.40, but the political factors are very likely to get the index down, preventing it from growing more than 1% within the coming weeks.
In Italy, the markets are heavily influenced by the budget plan uncertainty, as the new government is being formed. The fiscal situation and policy in the country may become much worse at any time. FTSE MIB added 0.35% to its value, reaching 22,119.76, but, as in Spain, it may well reverse in the nearest future. Within the next two weeks, it is likely to trade between 22,150 and 22,090.
The major reason behind the selloff in the EU markets is the tense situation and investor sentiment ahead of the G7 summit in Canada. The relations between the EU and the US have very much worsened lately, and this did influence the local stock market. Meanwhile, Trump's hawkish tone of voice makes it much more difficult for the parties to reach an agreement. The EU governments are waiting for the White House leader to 'reload' the relations between the two parties and come to terms regarding economic and trade issues. The French President Emmanuel Macron said he would not sign the G7 agreement in case no agreement between the US and the EU had been achieved. Meanwhile, Donald Trump accused the EU and Canada of 'creating barriers' against the US.
Such negative news made the euro fall against the USD by 0.7%. The common currency is now trading at 1.17821. In the coming two weeks, while the German index is likely to enter the correction phase and reach 12,800, the euro may then continue falling against the USD by 0.5% to 1.2%. Donald Trump's policy looks quite consistent, which leaves a lot of room for the EUR to follow the negative scenario. As for the EU stock benchmarks, they may continue falling across the board, as Trump's policy still has some negative influence on the European markets, too, despite the overall positive tone of the final communique.
Iván Marchena, Libertex Analyst


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The European Markets Are Staying Under the Pressure of Geopolitical Factors


The European stock market, which is still under the pressure of the developing trade conflict between China and the US, will continue to monitor the geopolitical situation, world oil prices and corporate news.
At the beginning of August, the government of the USA confirmed its plans to introduce import levy for Chinese goods and services of 200$ billion a year in total. In response, China declared that it is ready to introduce increased import levies up to 25% for 5207 names of goods from the USA with the delivery volume of about 60$ billion a year.
Alongside this, the USA have renewed the part of the sanctions against Iran. In its turn, the European Union has declared that it is going to block the implementation of these American sanctions in order to protect the interests of the EU companies.
In addition, the European traders will continue to monitor the publication of finance reports by the largest companies of this region. The reports that have been issued recently are ambiguous. 
One more reference point for the European markets will be the world dynamics of the oil prices. Earlier it became known, that the US oil reserves have decreased by 6 million barrels in a week, whereas it was expected that they would decrease only by 3.1 million barrels. That being said, the petrol reserves have increased by 3.1 million barrels, and the distillation product reserves have increased by 1.8 million barrels.


The oil prices are also influenced by the change of the oil production forecast for the USA. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy has cut the forecast of the US oil production in 2018 to 10.7 million barrels a day. In 2019 the EIA forecast of the US oil production is 11.7 million barrels, whereas before 11.8 million barrels were expected.
At the same time, the renewal of the sanctions against Iran is a positive factor for the oil prices, because the investor expect the decrease of the Iranian oil deliveries to the world markets. The rise of oil prices may lead to buying the stocks of such European companies as British BP and French Total.


Ivan Marchena, analyst at Libertex


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Major ETFs and USDX are available in Libertex


Libertex trading platform adds 11 new contracts for difference (CFDs). Now one can trade major exchange-traded funds (ETF) and the dollar index USDX using Libertex cutting edge trading platform.
The contracts for the following ETFs are available in Libertex:
• SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
• iShares Latin America 40 ETF
• iShares MSCI Mexico ETF
• iShares MSCI Brazil ETF
• iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF
• iShares China Large-Cap ETF
• iShares MSCI Germany ETF
• Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF
• iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF
• iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF
Michael Geiger, Libertex CEO, said: “Exchange-traded funds are among the most popular instruments on financial market as for institutional as for private investors. They are listed on world leading stock exchanges and let traders diversify their investment portfolios and enhance their effectiveness. We’ve included major ETFs into the list of our trading instruments following the growing demand for these top-tier assets.”

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European Markets May Rise upon Putin and Merkel Meeting
 
The European stock markets may soar soon as the investors are waiting for some positive news after Germany's Angela Merkel meets the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, the progress achieved on the trade issues between China and the US also holds out a hope of the global markets going up.
The Chinese government announced the new negotiations round will take place in late August. The parties previously tried to arrive to an agreement but have been yet unsuccessful. The investors hope now that this time the US and China will work something out.
Previously, China filed a legal action against the US to the WTO in order to make America lift the customs duties imposed on photocells and sun batteries manufactured in China.
The emerging markets fell considerably because of the situation in Turkey, but now they are recovering, too. Both the Turkish stock market and the lira dropped down drastically after the US imposed heavy customs duties on Turkish steel and aluminum. The Turkish government raised duties on various US goods in response.
The Turkish market, which has traditionally been a benchmark for other emerging markets, improved after Qatar announced it was ready to invest around $15B in Turkish economy. Besides, Germany is going to hold a meeting between the Turkish and German ministers of finance, where they are planning to discuss the economic issues of Turkey.
The European investors are meanwhile waiting for the meeting of Putin and Merkel, which is scheduled for Saturday.
Despite the overall positive atmosphere in the European stock markets, mining and oil production stocks are likely to remain under pressure, as the investors are wary of the possible US-China trade war consequences, that could include lower demand on metals and crude.
Iván Marchena, Libertex Analyst

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US-China Trade Optimism Might Push European Markets Higher


The odds are quite good that European markets will see the 2 to 3% growth across key indices against the backdrop of expectations that the US-China trade conflict would finally be resolved.
European investors and traders anticipate the upcoming talks that will bring together at the negotiating table the team of representatives from the Chinese Commerce Ministry headed by Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen and their US Treasury counterparts led by the Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs David Malpass.
Even though experts do not expect the talks to immediately trigger a breakthrough in the long-standing dispute, market participants believe that their resumption is a good sign by itself, hoping that the upcoming mid-level negotiations will set the stage for a higher-profile meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November. Currently, US and China are working to arrange the top-level meeting, but there’s no certainty yet about when it could occur. On November 6, 2018, the most of the US Congress elections will be held. So, probably, the renewed Trump-Xi talks timing will be adapted accordingly.
Another important development is that Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and his French counterpart Bruno Le Maire will meet in late August in Paris to discuss the action to be taken to respond to the US sanctions against Turkey. Previously, the economic downturn in Turkey, where the lira plunged to its historical low, delivered a powerful blow to the European stock markets.
On the positive side, over the upcoming two months, French oil giant Total that previously officially left the US-sanctions-hit Iran could try to negotiate with the US authorities in order to be granted a special permit to further pursue its operations in the country.
Ivan Marchena, Libertex Analyst


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European Indices to Be Headed Downward Amid Impending Global Uncertainties


After a short respite due to the US’ holding off the upward revision of taxes on cars imported from Europe, the key European indices will be facing pressures again due to geopolitical uncertainties. So we can expect that that the most important European stock market indicators will drop by 1 or 1.5%.
With the car tax boost postponed, European investors were more optimistic for a while. But then they are cognizant that the US will broach it again very soon. The US-China trade quandary is giving a negative cue to European investors. Even though China is trying to work through the differences, the efforts have so far been to almost no avail. The two countries have been cross-retaliating by raising import taxes even higher, and they fail to fix the conflict.
Given how things stand, market experts predict that China’s economy will be seeing a downturn as soon as in 2018 and 2019, which will hurt other economies. Even now, markets are apprehensive that the demand for the ‘black gold’ on the part of China could plunge and send the oil market prices downward globally, thus driving far-reaching negative implications to hurt the oil prices.
The US trade tensions with other countries have made the US Federal Reserve Service concerned, too. The Fed believes that the current US trade war with China and Europe and the policy moves it ignites are major catalysts for uncertainty and risks. Investors fear that the Fed’s stance on the interest rate revision will be affected by the developments of talks between all countries involved in the conflict. So it will be absolutely impossible to predict whether and when the key global currencies will grow or fall.
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European Markets Will Continue To Sag On the US Trade Tensions Fears   






The US multinational trade conflict will remain at the center stage for the European investors in the shortest run. Even though things seem starting to look up with the US reaching progress on a trade agreement with Mexico, and with the US and Canada likely to close in on pact as well, the European stocks are still under intense pressure.
The news that US have bagged the trade deal with Mexico cannot but lift the mood of investors in Europe. Still many of them doubt if Canada will join the pact, even though there are heated speculations on the hopes that Canada would do so. Again, there doubts, too, about if the tensions between the US and China can be smoothed over, since China might be hit with tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods as soon as late September.
The EU authorities continue to expect that the harshest scenarios might play out and consider retaliatory action to take if US hits European car imports again with punitive tariffs.
Meanwhile, it's just another story when we look at the UK market with the Brexit news as the key determinant of where the British stock indices are headed. In the offing, the British pound is likely to strengthen, and the UK stock indices might grow, as the European Union is prepared to offer UK an unprecedented close relationship after it quits the EU.
 
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European Markets Still Anxious About the US Trade Conflict Developments


Despite the recently reached US-Mexico trade deal, the European markets will remain under pressure in the offing, as the US might levy a tax on European car imports.
Investors are awaiting the new pact to be signed within 90 days to replace the current NAFTA agreement. But then they have fears due to the US Donald President Donald Trump’s saying that the new pact will be signed with or without Canada.
Given the uncertainty, European investors still feel apprehensive that the European car imports might be hit by the US tax. What’s more is that traders are wary that tariffs would be imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports in September.


We can expect that amid a geopolitical backdrop like that dollar will grow globally against other currencies, specifically, the euro.
Meanwhile, the global oil market is overwhelmed with sentiment shifts. In the medium term, the oil prices will be underpinned by the expectations of Iran’s oil supply cut due to the US sanctions. It is expected that Iran’s oil exports will drop by 1.5 million barrels a day as soon as September.
Previously, investors anticipated that Lybia’s oil supply would slump, as many deposits were affected by warfare. Yet now that the combat operations in the country have ended, Lybia’s oil exports were revived and topped 1 million barrels a day, which might curb the global oil prices’ growth.
Ivan Marchena, Libertex Analyst

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The European stock market, which is still under the pressure of the developing trade conflict between China and the US, will continue to monitor the geopolitical situation, world oil prices and corporate news.  the oil prices will be underpinned by the expectations of Iran’s oil supply cut due to the US sanctions. It is expected that Iran’s oil exports will drop by 1.5 million barrels a day as soon as September.

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European Markets Bracing Up for Possible New US Tariffs on Another $267 Billion Worth.[/size]In the offing, the European markets are likely to be headed south, as US threatens to hit China with a new portion of import tariffs.The US-China trade war remains on the front burner as the current market highlight, as Trump threatens tariffs on another $267 billion worth of Chinese goods on top of the previously imposed bunch of $250 billion. So far, $50-billion duties have been officially levied.Another highlight is the progress of the Brexit talks that seem to have seen some positive developments, so cheering up the British pound. But the other side of the coin is that the strong pound hurts British exporters, as it drives down their USD-denominated profits.European markets will be bolstered up to some extent by somewhat reinvigorated global oil markets with the Brent blend oil price gaining foothold at levels around $78 per barrel. In the medium-term, the oil prices are set to grow on fears of the impending Iran’s oil supply cut due to the U.S sanctions. Some major oil importers, specifically, India, Japan and South Korea are reducing Iranian crude imports to deal with the situation.Things might be looking up for the German market, as Qatar is eyeing Germany with 10-billion-euro investment over the next five years. The investment is planned to release financing into the German automotive industry and information technology and banking sectors.Ivan Marchena, Libertex Analyst[/color]

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European Markets Are Hopeful That US-China Fresh Trade Talks Might See a Positive Progress.
European markets might grow a little in anticipation of a fresh round of trade talks between the US and China.Previously, European traders felt rather downbeat, as they feared that a new portion of tariffs would be slapped on the Chinese imports to the US. But now investors have become hopeful that the US-China trade conflict will finally be resolved positively. After China announced it would seek WTO permission to impose sanctions on the US, the news appeared that the two countries are getting ready for a fresh round of talks to tackle the trade issues between them. European markets will also be underpinned by the growing oil prices that have neared $80 per barrel of Brent crude on apprehensions that Iranian oil supply might slump. The strong oil prices are likely to fuel the growth across the European oil and gas stocks that will be pushing higher the stock indices.Meanwhile, the British investors are keeping an eye on the Brexit news. And even though the talks between the UK and the EU have been quite successful, traders still have quite a lot of fears in this regard, like that the UK food exports to EU may be stalled by no-deal Brexit. For instance, about 10% of the animal products exports from the UK will probably be stopped at the border due to the UK authority’s inability to get its product export certificates validated by other countries.Ivan Marchena, Libertex Analyst
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Pressure Won’t Loosen For European Stock Markets
As Long As US-China Trade Conflict Remains Unresolved



European traders will continue to be following alertly the US and China’s dealing with the trade dispute between them. Though the fresh round of discussions kicked off, and some progress has been seen, there is always a risk that either of the two battling countries might opt out of the talks.
So if the US eventually levies tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, this will reverberate globally. Investors have been apprehensive that China might slash its oil demand on a global scale should the US-China trade war escalate.
Meanwhile, the EU economy has gained some equilibrium, which is evidenced by the improved ratings from the key international agencies. Specifically, Moody’s has affirmed European Union’s ‘AAA’ long-term rating, stable outlook, due to the resilience of the credit standing of the most of the EU's member states as a key driver. And S&P raised Cyprus’ sovereign credit ratings to ‘BBB-/A-3’ from ‘BB+/B’, also upgrading Portugal's sovereign credit rating outlook to positive from stable.
Of all Europe, the UK stands out in a somewhat negative way, as its economic outlook sparks Brexit-related fears that, apart from other drivers, are ignited by apprehensions that Germany’s banking sector’s No. 1 Deutsche Bank might move assets from London to Frankfurt after Britain’s planned exit from the European Union next year.
So we can expect that the European stock prices will prevalently be sliding until some positive outcomes occur in terms of the US-China negotiations.
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European markets will assess the effect of the trade controversies aggravation between the United States and China


The European market participants will continue to assess the effect on the world economy and Europe itself of the new reciprocal customs duties of the United States and China.
New American duties on Chinese imports worth more than $200 billion shall come into force since January 24. Currently, these duties amount to 10%, and since January 1 they will be 25%. In response to American measures China will also impose import duties since September 24 on 5.2 thousand American items worth $60 billion.
Market participants expect that escalation of trade conflict between the United States and China could lead to a slump in the world oil prices due to decrease in Chinese demand for oil. However, expectations regarding reduction of oil supplies from Iran, which suffers from American economic sanctions, may somehow level such slump.
Besides, a question on possible introduction of 25% duties on imports of European cars from the United States remains open. As the conflict between the United States and China increases, the prospects for introduction of these trade measures against European cars are becoming more and more daunting.
However, indicators of the eurozone economy also give rise to concerns. Thus, according to IFO Economic Research Institute forecast, the region’s GDP growth in 2018 may reach 2%. Forecast for economic growth in the eurozone was aggravated because previously GDP growth had been expected at the rate of 2.3% as of the current year-end.


The current year-end inflation forecast amounts to 1.2%. According to the results of Q3 and Q4, the figure is expected to reach 1.2%, and in Q1 2019 - 1.3%.
The situation with Brexit will go on. Despite some progress in discussing the conditions of the United Kingdom exit from the European Union, many issues still remain unresolved.
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Europe’s Markets to Be Headed Northwards As European Car Tariff Fears Become Less Intense
European investors feel quite upbeat now with the milder-than-feared scenario expected to play
out as far as the US-China trade conflict is concerned.
Investors were somewhat soothed, as US regulators have so far gone ahead with only 10-percent
tax on the Chinese imports, with 25-percent hike to become effective no earlier than January 1,
2019. China has mirrored the move.
The current situation also offers support to the European automotive sector equities, as Europe’s
car makers had feared of 25-percent tariffs to potentially be slapped on their US exports, but later
on they became less unnerved by the prospects.
Meanwhile, the optimism has been dampened by the fact that China and the US dropped the
talks around their trade war for the time being. And with the lay of the land like that, the new
tariffs might kick in even before January 1.
With the UK’s indices on the upward trajectory, the British pound has been even more downbeat
on top of its being continually weaker due to the enduring Brexit disagreements between the UK
and Brussels, as the former believes that the EU doesn’t actually consider its stand regarding the
deal’s conditions and is not ready to compromise. Moreover, UK insists that the EU’s Brexit-
related proposals are unacceptable.
On the positive side, things are looking up for France, as the oil giant Total has made a major
offshore UK gas discovery.
Other positive news is that Spain is seeing an economic upturn, with the country’s government
ready to make a voluntary early repayment of €3 billion towards its banking system stabilization
loan from the ESM. This is the ninth time Spain will make a voluntary early repayment of its
loan. Following the repayment, Spain’s outstanding debt to the ESM will stand at €23.7 billion.
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European Markets Might Be Up As the EU Mends Its Trade Relationship with China


Europe’s markets might be up slightly after the Federal Reserve had raised interest rates up by 0.25 percentage points in a no-surprise move. Another thing that also came as no surprise was that the regulator foresees another hike before the end of the year. The Fed’s lifting the rate marked the end of the era of “accommodative” monetary policy.


What’s really important for the EU investors is that the Federal Reserve understands that the US trade wars are likely to hurt markets and to undermine the investors’ trust. Now the non-US traders expect that the US would do something to address its trade conflicts escalated around the globe. Specifically, after the US President Donald Trump and Japan Foreign Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to negotiate a new trade deal between the two countries as part of their trade discussions, the US might go ahead and set off discussions with the EU.


Still, stock markets are somewhat uneasy due to the US’ dropping its talks with China, as traders fear that the US might levy a tax on European car imports. European leaders had had some rounds of discussions with the Chinese officials, and they vowed to support free trade. The EU is set to defend the multilateral trading system and rejects sanctions and levies as external policy tools.


Importantly, ties between China and Germany might be deepened and enter a new phase, as the two countries will work together towards developing and reforming the WTO, and protecting the developing countries’ trade interests.


Another booster for the EU stock markets is oil with its prices marching upward. Despite some fluctuations, oil prices have neared multiyear highs, as traders apprehend the looming Iranian oil supply cuts, which might happen on the back of the US sanctions targeting Iran and hurting its oil exports. And a new round of sanctions is scheduled to go into effect in November, which will not be the end of the story, with Iran likely to be slapped with new restrictive action from the US later on. The US wants Iran's oil exports to drop to zero eventually.
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European Markets to Be Volatile Due to Italy Budget Turmoil


In the offing, European markets are to be quite volatile on the back of Italy’s budget crisis. Traders will be watchful awaiting the EU response following its clash with the country over budget.


Most likely, Brussels will try to put pressure on the Italian government so that it revises particular aspects of the budget that has earlier been approved amid challenges, with the budget deficit set at 2.4% of GDP though previously it was planned to be set it at 2% or less. Investors will also be on the lookout for how international rating agency will react to the budget deficit collision.
And then, European investors will take cue from the US’ mending its trade relationships globally, with the market to be bolstered by the United States and Canada finally reaching a new trade deal.
Meanwhile, the growing oil prices will be the near-term booster for Europe’s markets. The oil’s appreciation is driven by traders’ expectations that Iran oil supply will shrink in the wake of the new US sanctions to be imposed in November this year. Moreover, the US President Donald Trump threatens to slap new wave of sanctions on Iran after November and so bring the country’s oil exports to zero. Even now, China and India are cutting their imports of Iranian oil.
In the meantime, the EU has unveiled the ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) to facilitate legitimate financial transactions with Iran and allow European companies to continue trade with Iran.
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European Markets Might Rebound Slightly More Upbeat On Positive News About Italy’s Budget


In the days to come, Europe’s markets will be driven by hopes over Italy-EU budget resolution and the globally stronger oil prices.
While previously traders became somewhat mopey due to Italy’s budget deficit topping their earlier expectations, but now the sentiment seems to have improved to some extent.
Traders expect that Italy’s government will act to cut the deficit. Now the Italian leaders’ coalition promises to negotiate a move to bring the deficit to 1.8% of GDP in 2021. And we’ll know very soon if the revised budget is palatable to the EU, with the investors awaiting the European Commission’s reaction.


All in all, Italy is one of the EU’s weak points. The country’s debt-to-GDP ratio is second worst in Europe after Greece. Italy’s national debt figure has come to be the highest one of all time at €2.3 trillion.


Meanwhile, Europe’s oil stock prices will be pushed upward by the oil prices that are marching aggressively towards the 2014 autumn’s highs; and they are likely to be further propelled higher due to the feared US-sanction-battered Iran’s oil supply cut.
Specifically, French oil giant Total has announced that it sees no way to resume its operations in Iran amid the massive risks due to the US sanctions.


Also, the EU is creating the Special Purpose Vehicle to bypass the US sanctions and enable financial transactions with Iran. So Europe is likely to remain able to continue trade with the sanction-beleaguered country.
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The EU Markets Will Continue To Face Pressures From Low Oil Prices And Negative Global Stock Markets Dynamics




In the coming days, European markets will continue to be battered as stock markets have been headed south globally and lower oil prices.
On top of the globally dominating trade wars, the US Federal Reserve’s announcing the end of the ‘accommodative’ monetary policy era triggered much higher yield on the US Treasuries propelling it to the 2011 highs. And surely with the US Treasury bonds doing as great as that, the higher-risk assets are attracting less interest across markets.
Traders are awaiting a new Fed rate hike to occur soon, as the US regulator said rates would be raised four times before 2019. Most US central bankers believe that the rate will be increased three times over 2019 and will reach 2.875% at average.
The EU’s markets will also be under pressure from the globally downbeat oil prices. Despite the expected sanctions-battered Iran’s oil supply cuts’ being a powerful medium-term driver, the oil market has a bunch of negative new to digest. Specifically, the US considers some exemptions to be offered to particular oil importers concerning Iran crude exports sanctions to be imposed in November this year. Sanctions may be eased for countries that have made it clear that they are set to reduce their oil imports from the country.
Meanwhile, European investors have never stopped being worried about the Brexit prospects like that if the UK exits the EU without reaching the deal and so with a zero transition period that will hurt the Irish economy and financial system dramatically. Moreover, many British companies would like to move their business to Ireland after the Brexit.
On the bright side, France celebrates the S&P’s affirming the country’s credit rating at “AA”, outlook stable. S&P believes that the France’s unemployment rate will go gradually down from 9.1% in 2018 to 8.6% in 2021, with inflation at 2% this year and lower further on to reach 1.6% over 2019-2020.


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The EU Stocks to be Headed South on Trade Spats and Political Collisions




European stocks are now under a certain pressure, as investors are wary about further European Central Bank’s monetary policy developments.
Traders expect that as Eurozone inflation rises, the regulator will continue to stick to the harsh monetary policy and will further raise rates. Investors share the fears of even greater global trade protectionism and financial market volatility that have been raised by ECB President Mario Draghi. Moreover, they are upset that the Quantitative Easing monthly net asset purchase will be halved to 15 billion euros in October and will be ended altogether by December 2018.
Another driver fuelling investors’ concerns is the lack of certainty about the US-China trade war prospects along with tenser relationship between Europe and Saudi Arabia. UK officials have begun drawing up a list of Saudi security and government officials who could potentially come under sanctions connected with the disappearance of famous dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The US may come forward with similar sanctions. If this happens, Saudi Arabia global oil supply will be curbed dramatically, and so the oil prices will rise again.
Inside the Eurozone, investors never stopped being worried about the still unresolved and very important Brexit outcomes and conditions including how the Irish border fits into any Brexit deal.


Meanwhile, London and Brussels have little time left to agree a workable Brexit, as they need to reach the withdrawal agreement in November at latest. If they fail, the agreement will not be able to go through the ratification process by March 29, 2019 (the Brexit deadline), which could trigger the ‘hard’ Brexit that would cut off most UK ties with the EU including the agreements, arrangements and regulations it currently observes as a European Union member and cause uncertainty about the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU.
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The EU Majors’ Financial Figures, Italy Budget Crisis and Brexit Will Remain the European Stock Market Highlights


In the days to come, the EU stock market traders will be on the watch for the EU’s major’s financial figures that are currently being announced as well as for the Italy budget crisis updates and Brexit news.


Investors expect that Brussels will probably ask Italy to revise the country’s budget for 2019 and will reject the current version of the budget with the deficit set at 2.4% of GDP. In the meantime, another focus of interest for traders is Brexit. With the looming Brexit deadline of March 29, 2019, the UK needs to strike the withdrawal deal in November at latest so that it could go through the ratification process in time and take effect by the Brexit date. The no-deal Brexit is to be the ‘hard’ Brexit feared by investors.


On the positive side, the European market majors have recently announced their financial results that appear to be quite strong, which will underpin the EU stocks dynamics in the offing.


A negative thing is that the EU market-watchers apprehend a new rate hike by the US Federal Reserve that seems to believe that it makes sense to further raise rates amid the country’s strong economy according to the Fed minutes from its September meeting.


And again on the negative side, the US-China trade war tensions have never eased. Though the US Department of the Treasury has so far declined to label China as currency manipulator, the Treasury report says that China, along with five other countries, has currency practices that require close attention.


As the US-China trade quandary remains unresolved, the EU investors are wary that European car imports into the Unites States might be hit with higher tariffs. Meanwhile, as the car tariff hike threat appears to be less acute, the EU’s new light motor vehicles sales grew by 2.5% with 11.95 million new cars sold from January to September 2018.
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The European Markets Might Recover Somewhat Amid Globally Stronger Investment Environment


In the offing, the European stock indices might continue their growth, as the investment climate has become better globally.
Specifically, the financial scouts watching the European financial markets say that the traders feel upbeat because they anticipate the US-China trade war to be successfully resolved. Investors are now awaiting the meeting between the US President Donald Trump and China’s leader Xi Jinping that is planned to be held on October 29. The way how the China’s stock exchanges reacted was driven by the statements made by the governor of the People’s Bank of China (Xi Jinping). Should the meeting eventually happen, it will become the first rendezvous of the two leaders since the trade spat had exploded.
Furthermore, European investors expect that the Chinese government will offer support to the country’s business sector that is being hurt by the US-China trade contradictions. The governor of the People’s Bank of China has earlier announced to investors that they may remain appeased, as the regulator will undermine the country’s economy amid the current challenges.
On the negative side, the financial scouts are still wary about the Italy’s economic outlook, as the budget crisis faced has never been resolved. The European Commission is concerned about three things regarding the country’s budget, that is, how the national debt, the budget deficit and the economic growth will be managed. According to the EU regulations, a member country’s budget deficit may not be greater than 3% of its GDP. Meanwhile, Italy is the EU’s largest debtor after Greece with its debt-to-GDP ratio at 131.8%.
Another front burner issue for the EU is Brexit. Investors are hopeful that the UK will finally be able to reach the deal. Brussels and London need to work out the final Brexit agreement in November at latest so that the deal could go through the ratification process and become effective by the Brexit cutoff date. Should the withdrawal deal fail to be reached, this is likely to trigger the ‘hard’ Brexit. And that’s what investors actually apprehend.
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Europe’s Markets to be Dominated by Pessimism, as Global Exchanges Are Battered By the Negative Developments




The financial scouts expect that in the days to come, Europe’s markets will continue to be dominated by the surge of negative developments that has lately overpowered the major global markets. The sell-off hitting the EU markets was also fuelled by the weakening oil prices.
Lately, the bulk of the negative market news has come from the US, whose weak statistics and the looming new interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve make investors feel pessimistic. Moreover, the Fed has said that the US companies fear that they may be hurt by new Chinese import tariffs. The businesses now have to deal with higher commodity prices driven by the tariff rises, and so they plan to charge higher prices to their customers.
Another point of interest, according to the financial scouts, is that traders are awaiting the Italy’s budget crisis outcomes. Previously, the European Commission rejected the country’s draft budget and asked Rome to submit a new one within three weeks. Yet another negative driver is that investors are wary that a worst case Brexit scenario will play out. So it is likely that the post-Brexit transition period will be extended.
And finally, a major source of pressures for the EU markets is the global oil market uncertainties, with the investors too often overwhelmed by the sudden price hikes and slumps.


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European Markets to Be Volatile Amid the Massive Uneasiness


European markets will continue to be volatile, following suit of the mixed dynamics seen by the stock exchanges globally. But then, Europe’s markets have recently been much more moderately downbeat than the rest of the world’s markets.
For the EU markets, a key driver fuelling the uneasiness and insecurity is the US-China trade war outlook and how China’s economy’s prospects might be affected. As China’s industrial profits decreased after nine months of the current year, traders expect the country to face more economic challenges that might be triggered by the still unresolved US-China trade conflict. Though the People’s Bank of China has pledged policy support to the national economy that will be offered should the country be hurt by the challenges, investors understand that this would only allow the country’s to keep its economic performances at their current level.
Financial scouts note that investors are waiting for the S&P’s decision regarding Italy’s credit rating amid its budget standoff with Brussels. The country’s long-term credit rating by S&P has so far remained untouched at ‘BBB’. But now investors expect that Italy’s credit rating outlook might be downgraded to ‘negative’.
Yet another source of uncertainty is the global oil markets with its unstable prices showing mixed trade. What attracted the traders’ interest was that Iran’s top government officials say that the country’s oil exports will not fall below 1 million barrels per day on the looming new US sanctions.
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European Markets To Lag Behind the Rest of the Markets Globally On Unresolved EU Issues


In the nearest term, Europe’s markets are likely to be rather downbeat versus key global markets. The European indices might show negative dynamics after the previous period of their modest growth despite the mainly pessimistic environment.
As for the American and Asian investors, they are substantially optimistic mainly due to the robust financial figures reported by the major US companies. Furthermore, traders are now expecting that the US-China trade war might finally be resolved, as the US President Donald Trump said a “great deal” with China was around the corner.
Meanwhile, the European markets are more apt to be driven by the EU news with investors watching things like what will happen next regarding Brexit. Financial scouts say that even though no deal has been reached yet, some progress seems to be seen. The good news is that the British bank stocks’ performance might be bolstered by the fact that the UK banks will be able to operate soundly in the EU after Brexit happens.
On the negative side, Europe’s markets, together with any of the markets globally, will face pressures from the falling oil prices. Once there has been no reason to expect a possible oil supply shortage due to the Iranian oil exports cut on the back of the US sanctions, the oil prices were headed dramatically south, since traders are now confident that Libya and Saudi Arabia can supply enough oil to keep the market satiated. Thus, there are no fears anymore that the market might run short of oil.
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Financial Scouts Say Europe’s Traders Will Continue To Follow News About The US-China Trade Conflict, Brexit
Europe’s stock markets will continue to face some pressure due to the US-China standoff resolution uncertainty. EU traders will also keep track of the Brexit news and global oil market developments.
Trade differences between the US and China will remain the focus of interest for European investors. The news regarding the trade spat are quite contradictory, with the markets propelled upwards and downwards interchangeably every time a fresh piece of trade war news appears. However, some progress has been seen here, so traders are awaiting positive updates on this arena.
Brexit news looks similarly ambiguous. London and Brussels have little time ahead to agree, which fuels traders’ concerns, as they apprehend that a ‘hard’ Brexit will happen. Meanwhile, some headway has been seen here, too. Specifically, concessions have reportedly been secured from Brussels to keep the whole of the UK in a customs union in the wake of Britain’s withdrawal.
Another market experiencing a quite high volatility is the oil market, with the volatility driver being Washington’s new anti-Iran sanctions that came into force on November 5. Traders originally expected that new sanctions might drive oil supply shortage in the global market due to the apprehended Iranian oil exports cut. But in light of waivers given to some countries the oil undersupply seems unlikely to happen.
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Europe Worries About Oil and Waits for the U.S. Federal Reserve System to Decide on the Rates


European stock markets are feeling optimistic after the results of the U.S. midterm Congressional elections were announced. However, some uncertainties remain due to the Brexit terms and ambiguous trends in the global oil prices.
In the course of the U.S. midterm Congressional elections Democrats won the House of Representatives, but Republicans still control the Senate. The U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with certain difficulties in implementing his initiatives, especially the trade ones. Thus, there is reason to hope that he will not be able to bring up new restrictions, particularly, ones affecting the importing of the European goods.
Financial scouts are certain that the global investors will direct their attention to the December meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, at which it can decide on increasing the rate. Forecasts expect it to be raised to 2.25-2.5%. Investors also await news of the Brexit terms.
Uncertainties of the global oil market are a cause for unrest in Europe as well. New U.S. sanctions against Iran introduced on November 5, stipulate some countries to be temporarily exempt. Italy and Greece made it to the list of those exceptions in Europe.
However, the list turned out to be quite a complicated matter for the European investors. For example, Spain has been purchasing Iranian oil as well, but it failed to be included, while Italy was.
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EU Markets Cheered by the Draft Brexit Deal, But Investors Are Wary About Italy’s Economic Challenges
Europe’s markets are likely to be headed south as the US-China trade relationship has been stubbornly dominated by uncertainty, and also due to Italy’s economy quandary and overwhelmingly pessimistic oil market sentiment.
On the plus side, the European markets will be bolstered by the news that the EU divorce deal has been eventually reached. Despite the array of pessimistic forecasts, London and Brussels have successfully struck the Brexit withdrawal deal on all items discussed including the most touchy and contentious ones.


As far as the US-China trade spat is concerned, there has not been a hint of certainty about how and when it will be resolved. Still, investors are hopeful that the two opposing countries will get back to the negotiation table soon.
Meanwhile, Italy’s budget deficit has remained the front-burner concern for Europe, as Italy refuses to revise its draft budget for the next year including the country’s GDP growth rates and the budget deficit figures. Amid the budget turmoil, the Italian treasuries and government bonds yields are growing at an accelerated pace, which might trigger a full-blown debt crisis, as yet today, Italy is Europe’s second largest debtor after Greece.
In the French market, investors were upset by the US President Donald Trump’s bashing concerning France’s high wine import taxes curbing US wine sales in the country.


Financial scouts say that the markets are anxious globally. Oil prices change their direction every time fresh news appears, but in the medium run, traders fear that the oil supply may be excessive.
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Europe’s Markets Anxiously Waiting for the Brexit News and Italy’s Budget Developments

European investors are waiting hopefully for further progress in the US-China trade dispute to happen after some positive developments have occurred along this avenue. On the negative side, markets will continue to face pressures due to Brexit uncertainties and Italy’s next-year’s budget issues that have still not been fully resolved, financial scouts note.Meanwhile, investors keep hoping that US won’t slap new tariffs on the Chinese imports. China says it doesn’t want to fight a trade war with the United States, while the US pledges Washington “will not change course” on trade policy “until China changes its ways.”European traders are also anxious to know what new Brexit moves are actually to be made now that London and Brussels have worked out a draft divorce deal, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019. After the draft deal has been pulled off, it needs the approval of UK MPs and each EU member state. And if it has not been approved before the Brexit day, ‘hard’ Brexit might be brought about with negative outcomes to possibly hurt the UK and the remaining EU members. Yet another source of concern for investors is Italy’s 2019 budget turmoil with European Commission’s report on Italy's debt to be issued on upcoming Wednesday, November 21. Traders are wary that disciplinary procedure might be brought against Italy, if the country’s draft budget challenges its tax and budget commitments to the EU.
 In France, the “yellow vest” protests against fuel price rises still continue. And though President Emmanuel Macron says he “hears the anger”, he seems to be set to keep taxing fuel.


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Europe’s Markets to Remain Volatile as Investors Wait for the Italy Budget Impasse to be Resolved

Europe’s stock markets are awaiting the outcome of the Italy budget crisis. Most likely, we’ll have some certainty about what really happens in early December. Investors are somewhat worried about the situation, with market prices going both ways.
 The Eurogroup is scheduled to meet on December 3 and will most likely discuss the issues faced. Italy’s government are hopeful that there will have a constructive dialogue with European Commission Head Jean-Claude Juncker. Still, investors fear that Italy may be disciplined with EDP measures to be imposed against it.
 Meanwhile, traders never stopped watching the US-China trade war developments, with a U.S. government report appeared that accuses Beijing of stepping up efforts to steal technology via network hacks.
 Also, investors are awaiting the outcomes of the upcoming meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at G20 Argentina 2018 summit in December. If traders understand that trade risks still remain high after the summit, they might reasonably have reason to doubt that the Federal Reserve will raise rates again as planned in its next meeting. So far, the Fed predicts the fourth hike before the year ends, likely coming in December.
 Global oil markets are dominated by uncertainty, too, with the oil prices plummeting and then soaring again. Investors are awaiting the OPEC+ meeting in early December with the oil production cut likely to be endorsed to bolster prices. In the medium term, traders are wary that the oil market supply might be too high.

 
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Europe’s Markets to Remain under Pressure, As Investors Await the G20 Summit and OPEC+ Meeting Outcomes

Europe’s investors’ eyes are on the G20 summit to be held from November 30 to December 1 in Argentina. Investors expect that some new arrangements might be worked out by the US and China that would hopefully help to break the trade impasse. The positive expectations are driven by the US President Donald Trump’s saying earlier that he intends to discuss the situation with the Chinese leader on the sidelines.
 
 Another main focus for European traders is Brexit terms that remain a front-burner concern even though key agreements seem to have been reached between Brussels and London. Meanwhile, new setbacks might still occur. Previously, the sticking point had been a rift over Gibraltar, as Spain had contested the disputed territory’s status and threatened to veto the Brexit withdrawal agreement. But eventually the UK and Spain have struck a Brexit deal over Gibraltar.
 
 On the positive side, the European indices might be underpinned by the euro weakening versus the US dollar, as investors become less attracted to high-risk assets including high-risk forex investments and now tend to prefer buying robust currencies like US dollar.
 
 And on the negative front, oil prices continue to face pressures even though some OPEC members, primarily Saudi Arabia, have been sending out signals that the decision to curb oil production might be taken in the OPEC+ key meetings to be held in Vienna from December 5 to December 7.

 
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In Europe, All Eyes Are On the G20 Summit
European traders will keep close track of the G20 summit. They wait for potential important statements to be made regarding the global economic outlook, and for agreements to be reached to address the US-China trade war.
 On the downside, investors are wary now that the US leader has promised to unleash tariffs on European car imports, so Europe’s carmakers feel downbeat.
 Meanwhile, on the positive side, traders’ worries about possible fourth rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve were somewhat soothed. The Fed’s chairman Jerome H. Powell made a market-invigorating statement saying that the US economic outlook remains strong, but the Fed might consider a pause in its interest rate hikes next year to assess the impact of its credit tightening. Mr. Powell said the benchmark interest rate was “just below” the neutral level.
 Financial scouts note that the two continuing main concerns for Europe are Brexit divorce conditions and the Italy budget standoff. According to new official figures, withdrawal from the European Union under the government’s plans could cut the UK’s GDP by up to 3.9% over the next 15 years, but leaving without a deal could deliver a 9.3% hit to GDP over the same period, says the analysis produced by departments across Whitehall.
Oil will be the focus of interest for the European investors as well, as they hope that the oil prices might be bolstered if OPEC+ members decide to cut the supply to curb the current glut in their meetings from December 5 to December 7. 
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Marijuana Stocks Falls into the Correction Territory


Major Canadian pot stocks were broadly lower, with some prices currently falling by as much as 5 to 6%. The sector has been into the correction territory after soaring in October on recreational cannabis sales rollout in Canada.


Now we see a big share price reversal versus the peak prices. The Sector’s leaders Canopy Growth Corp and Tilray Inc fell by about 50% versus their 12-month highs. And some other key names in the sector like Aurora Cannabis Inc plummeted even lower.


On the positive side, some good news appeared that, as financial scouts note, might refuel buying in the sector. Specifically, first-ever medical cannabis growing licenses were awarded to private businesses. And some more countries like the UK and Germany might possible make marijuana legal as well.


Another big positive news for the marijuana sector companies was that Canopy Growth and some other major cannabis producers have been on the Bloomberg’s 50 Stocks to Watch in 2019 list.


We can expect that given a lengthy correction after the bursting growth in October Canopy Growth (СGС) stocks may be down by $29-30 within the week, while Tilray might drop to $100-105, and Aurora Cannabis Inc, Aphria Inc. and Cronos Group might hit the lows at $4.5-$5, $6.5-$7, and $8.2-$8.5, respectively.


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Europe’s Investors on the Sidelines, Eyes on Brexit and OPEC+ Meetings

European investors’ are waiting to know the Brexit talks outcome and the OPEC+ potential oil supply cut decision.
The G20 summit has yielded good news it brought a temporary truce between the U.S. and China, with the U.S. President Donald Trump and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreeing that China will not impose new tariffs on the U.S. car imports and so boosting Europe’s carmakers’ stocks.
Meanwhile, European traders are waiting for the Brexit situation to be finally resolved, with some doubts persisting over if the deal will be reached, with no-deal divorce still a real possibility.
After the G20 summit, all eyes are on the upcoming OPEC+ meetings over December 5-December 7, with the decision to cut the oil supply to hopefully be taken by the organization’s members to curb the oversupply that, as traders fear, might hamper the global oil demand for the next year.
The bad news was Qatar’s announcement of its quitting OPEC as part of the country’s long-term strategy for growing its international energy market presence with a focus on gas. Meanwhile, Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to extend the OPEC+ oil pact into next year. So now investors have to sit and wait for some certainty about the oil supply levels.
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Europe’s Markets Will Be under Pressure as Traders Await Brexit Deal Decision and Italy’s Draft Budget Revision

For the time being, European investors await the outcome of the UK cabinet meeting to be held soon to see if the draft deal is approved. Meanwhile the UK Parliament continues its debate on the deal ahead of the December 11 vote. If the deal is rejected by the British MPs, the UK will have to leave the EU without a deal, which will hurt the country’s economy badly. So far, the deal is criticized both by the ruling party and opposition.
 Traders are anticipating next steps European Commission is bound to make to expand euro use to limit the dominance of the dollar as the global reserve currency. Eurocommission believes that stronger euro will help boost the global financial system’s stability. The euro expansion proposals from Brussels will be considered at the EU leaders’ summit later this month.
 Another thing that keeps all eyes on it is Italy’s budget, with the country to submit the new draft budget for 2019 to the European Commission that has rejected the previous draft. Italy’s government is currently contemplates the budget deficit reduction from 2.4% of national GDP as was previously proposed.
 Yet another concern is France, with investors waiting for the fuel tax increase to be suspended amid increasingly violent “yellow vest” protests, with France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s reputation bitterly undermined after the three-week unrest.
 As for the oil sector, financial scouts think that Europe’s investors’ sentiment will be significantly influenced by which way oil prices will go after the OPEC+ meetings where the oil supply cut decision will be taken (or rejected) by the members.

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Marijuana Stocks May Become More Upbeat On Major Investors’ Getting Attracted to the Pot Sector, Marijuana Growers’ International Expansion Plans
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[/color]Canadian marijuana growers’ stocks’ fall was blunted by a bunch of positive news that bode well for the sector. The most important positive cue is that investors expect marijuana to be legalized throughout the whole country in the U.S. If this happens, this is likely to trigger a cannabis sector boom similar to the one that followed the legalization of the recreational marijuana in Canada. Though the pot sector has been spiraling downward for several months in a row after the boom.
[/color]Another really positive thing is that major investors are eyeing the sector. Illustratively, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) scoops up the sector’s stock, specifically, by investing into Tilray, Canadian marijuana producer and a global pioneer in cannabis production and distribution.
[/color]What’s more is that Tilray has announced the formation of its International Advisory Board that is an esteemed group of business and government leaders from countries where marijuana is legalized or moving for legalization, who will provide guidance to Tilray’s executive team and Board of Directors as the company pursues its aggressive global growth strategy.
[/color]Meanwhile, Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc made it clear that it is set to expand into the Mexico’s market by buying Farmacias Magistrales, a Mexican importer of raw materials containing THC.
[/color]Financial scouts expect that in the marijuana sector stock will grow appreciably in the days to come, with Tilray (TLRY) to go up to $76-$76.5, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) to climb to $6.5-$7, and Canopy Growth (CGC), Aphria (APHA) and Cronos Group (CRON) to go up to $32-$33, $6-6.5, and $11.5-$12, respectively.
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Marijuana Stocks Resumed Fall After a Short-Lived Growth Spree
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[/color]After the recent short-lived growth spree, Canada’s marijuana growers’ stocks fell back to reality, and so the downslide in the sector continued. Investors, who used to feel really upbeat as they anticipated marijuana to be legalized throughout all the U.S. states, now fear that this might not actually happen. Financial scouts believe that the greatest risk now faced by the pot sector is that marijuana sales may be banned under U.S. federal laws. And even though the ban is not really likely to be imposed, investors are slightly wary that it might be passed.
[/color]Meanwhile, the good news that might bolster Tilray stock was that the world’s largest brewer AB InBev and Tilray are teaming up to research cannabis-infused beverages through AB InBev’s Ontario-based subsidiary Labatt, with each partner to contribute up to $50 million to the joint venture. Previously, Tilray also announced an exclusive global distribution agreement for medical marijuana with pharmaceutical giant Novartis.
[/color]Still, with the stocks back into the bearish territory, we can expect the prices to sink. In the days to come, Canopy Growth (СGС) might slide down to $27.5, with Tilray (TLRY) likely drop to $70, while Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB) Group and Aphria Inc. (APHA) are likely to slide down to $5, and Cronos might   fall to $10.5.
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Pot Stocks Might Be Up After the Christmas Recess
Canada’s cannabis stocks might grow appreciably after the Christmas trading break. Just before the holiday closing, the pot sector was feeling quite upbeat, with the Aphria Inc NYSE price notching up by a hefty 14% on December 24. The sector has caught the investors’ interest now for multiple reasons. One of them is that the U.S. stock market was brutally downbeat on Christmas Eve, having the worst pre-Christmas day on record. Investors’ being pessimistic about more conventional assets is due to the U.S. political gridlock, with the country’s President Donald Trump not willing to approve the 2019 spending bill without the Mexico border wall funding. As traders get disappointed about the classical investment instruments, they start eyeing more offbeat segments like cannabis and cryptocurrencies (where a pre-Christmas turbulent growth occurred as well). Another driver propelling the cannabis sector upward is the expectations that marijuana might soon become legal throughout the U.S. Should cannabis be legalized federally across the United States, marijuana growers will have a huge market for their produce. And given that the marijuana stocks have been pulled really far back from the October 2018 highs registered after recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada, there’s a really sizeable room for growth for the pot sector. We can expect that after the Christmas Recess in the U.S. Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB) might grow to $5.5, while Canopy Growth Corp (CGC) might be up to $27, and Cronos Group Inc (CRON) and Aphria Inc (APHA) might climb up to $10.5 and $6, respectively.
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Precious Metals, Marijuana Stocks May Be a Good Choice for Investors for 2019, Cryptocurrencies, Oil Futures To Be Very Volatile.
 The upcoming year may bring a lot of unpredictability as far as the market outlook for classical assets is concerned. Stock markets and dollar will continue to face pressure due to the persisting global political tensions and uncertainties like the U.S.-China trade war that has still not been resolved, the oil oversupply fears, and the lack of clarity about further U.S. Federal Reserve stance on the interest rate.
 Should the Fed be somewhat back to the accommodative policy and implement fewer rate hikes than planned earlier, the dollar might be headed south.
 Meanwhile, more offbeat instruments like cryptocurrencies also do not look too strong and promising. The cryptocurrency market had slumped over 2018, with many bitcoin mining and cryptocurrency companies hurt badly by the downslide. This downward dynamics will probably continue in 2019, as there are no real cues for growth yet.
 Marijuana stocks might be of interest to investors now as markets waits for cannabis to be legalized federally throughout the U.S. Should this happen, the post sector stocks will skyrocket.
Precious metals, too, remain a good choice for investors as a safe haven asset to invest into amid volatile market.
 
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Europe’s Stocks Continue Growing On Weaker Euro
There are some odds for Europe’s stock indices to grow now that the Euro has weakened versus the U.S. dollar, and that investors are waiting for the outcomes of the U.S.-China trade talks.
 The exporters’ stocks dynamics are fostered by the weakening EU currency, as companies’ dollar-denominated revenues grow accordingly. The Euro has slid downward on the not too upbeat Euro Area statistics. Financial scouts note that this market sentiment indicator has hit the lowest levels in December 2018 since January 2017.
 Investors’ optimism is refuelled by the U.S.-China trade negotiations in Beijing with the U.S. President Donald Trump saying that the talks were “going very well” and “big progress” was being made. The U.S. leader said he hoped that the two countries would be able work out a long-term deal regarding all of the critical issues.
 One more thing European investors are waiting to know is what will be the outcome of the UK House of Commons Brexit deal vote slated for January 14. Initially, the vote was scheduled for December 11, but then it was postponed by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May. Now Britain and the EU are racing towards B-day, with the UK to leave the European Union by March 29.

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Financial Scouts: European Investors Apprehensive of the U.S. Government Shutdown, Possible China’s Economic Slowdown Impact

European stock markets continue facing pressures on the U.S. government shutdown and China’s economic outlook related wariness.The current government shutdown is the longest in the U.S. history. The U.S. federal government has been in a partial shutdown since December 22, 2018 with a slew of key government agencies such as Department of State, Department of Justice and Department of Transportation affected due to the differences between the country’s President Donald Trump and Democrats over funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. With great many of the country’s main agencies’ employees not working, the U.S. economy is being hurt really badly, which reverberates onto the global economy overall. What’s more is that Europe’s investors fear that China’s economy might face challenges, too, with the concerns fuelled by the country’s economic statistics being rather weak lately. The two most downbeat indicators here are the country’s imports and exports that are sliding down on a persisting U.S.-China trade war. And though both countries have made some steps in order to put an end to the situation that is toxic to all parties concerned, there’s still a long way to go until the dispute is finally resolved.For Europe itself, Brexit remains a burning issue with no deal reached yet, while Britain is slated to leave the EU on March 29 either with or without a deal.


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Marijuana Stocks Grow on Corporate News
Canada’s marijuana growers’ stocks traded in the U.S. markets are growing as they stabilize from a harsh correction. However, in the long run, the pot sector is likely to be affected by the U.S. internal political issues that will hurt the market across the board as well.
The U.S. is now seeing the longest government shutdown on record, with a great number of employees at the country’s key agencies not working since December 22, 2018, which is detrimental to the U.S. national economy and its overall stock market overall.
Contrastingly, Tilray (TLRY) stock grew appreciably, as Privateer Holdings that owns the majority of Tilray's outstanding shares, announced it had no plans to “register, sell or distribute” its holdings “during the first half of 2019”. Given that the stock surged higher and kept on going and going above its IPO price, but then finally were back under $100, and with the upcoming IPO lock-up expiration, investors previously feared that some of the cannabis grower’s stock holders might want to sell it.
Aphria (APHA) stock was hurt by the news that its CEO Vic Neufeld and co-founder Cole Cacciavillani will part ways with the company “over the coming months”, which was counterbalanced by the business’ strong figures as its earnings soared by more than 60%.
Meanwhile, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) was bolstered up as its sales were predicted to grow.
Financial scouts anticipate that, in the offing, Canopy Growth (СGС) and Tilray are likely to jump to $40-$41 and $98-$100, while Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB), Aphria Inc. and Cronos Group (СRON) are soon to be priced at $7-$7.5, $7.5-$8, and $14-$15, respectively.
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Cannabis Stocks’ Prices Grow on the Upbeat U.S. Cannabis Market Outlook
Canada’s cannabis growers’ stocks traded in the U.S. market have been marching vigorously up since 2018 Farm Bill had made hemp, and thus CBD oil, legal across all of the U.S. states.
This news was followed by Canopy Growth’s (CGC) announcement of its having received a license by the state of New York to grow and process hemp and being set to further spread its roots outside Canada, planning to invest somewhere between $100 million and $150 million into its New York-based operations.
Meanwhile, Aurora Cannabis’ CCO said the cannabis grower will unveil a plan to produce hemp-derived CBD for the U.S. market in the next few months.
Contrastingly, Tilray has stood out negatively, as it slid down by about 10% after the IPO lockup had expired. But on the positive side, Tilray will become the preferred supplier for CBD products for Authentic Brands, which might bolster up the cannabis sector’s heavyweight’s stock prices.
Financial scouts predict that the cannabis sector stocks are set to grow in the days to come, given the bright U.S. cannabis market outlook. Specifically, Canopy Growth and Tilray (TLRY) are likely to trade at $44-$45 and $78-$79, respectively. And Aurora Cannabis’,  Aphria’s (APHA) and Сronos Group’s (CRON) stock’s respective prices are expected to range $7-$7.5, $7.5-$8, and $16-$17.
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Signals Mixed for Europe’s Markets
Financial scouts note that European stock markets now face many incoming cues that are really mixed. The biggest current news on both sides of the spectrum is the Brexit uncertainty and the meaningful progress towards resolving the U.S.-China trade war.
 So while the Brexit news make investors feel downbeat with Britain’s withdrawal date very close now and no deal approved yet, the U.S. and China seem to be mending their relationship after the spat. European investors are inspired by the news that the extra-high Chinese imports tariffs might be “reduced and removed”, which is a positive cue for European traders who had previously been worried that the U.S. might introduce new increased on car imports from Europe.
 Also, traders in Europe are keeping track of the Davos World Economic Forum news, with some important announcements likely to be made there even though some of the key political figures and leaders like U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are not going to Davos this year.
 According to financial scouts, another thing that drives Europe’s markets is oil prices that demonstrate ambiguous dynamics. The medium-term positive driver here was the OPEC+ decision to cut the production that was passed in December 2018. So the decreased oil production eased investors’ concerns over possible oil oversupply.

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European Market Sentiment to be Driven by Corporate Reporting Figures, U.S.-China Trade War Resolution Progress

European traders (and investors globally, too) are wary that global economy outlook for the years to come might be gloomy. All of the latest statistics updates flag an impending downturn with leading countries’ economic performances to slow down for the short term at least. This is true for the U.S., Asia, and Europe itself.Hence, in Europe, all eyes on the U.S.-China trade conflict resolution developments, as the persisting trade spat is a major negative driver for all economies across the globe. But then, there have been some positive cues lately, like U.S. President Donald Trump’s upbeat tweets or comments, suggesting that the trade war may eventually be settled. Mr. Trump is confident that fair trade deal will be reached in one way or another. Another focus of interest catching the European investors’ attention is the European Bank’s stand on the economic growth outlook both for Europe and globally. Recently, the ECB’s economic growth fears have risen in line with its peers’ economic sentiment pattern.One more important driver that will shape the European stock market dynamics in the offing is the EU business majors’ quarterly reports that have started to be published. So far, the figures look not too good, making investors feel downbeat.
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Cannabis Growers’ Stock to Continue Along the Upward Path on Investors’ Optimism
Canada’s cannabis producers’ stocks have continued to rise, as investors have been anticipating upbeat developments for the sector. Moreover, there is some really good news to propel particular growers’ stocks higher.
Canopy Growth (СGC) has been the sector’s top performer, as its stock had jumped up by more than 80 percent over the first three weeks of January and skyrocketed by 10 percent last Friday on news that major stock analysts had boosted their views on the cannabis company.
The news that really bolstered Canopy Growth stock was the grower’s management’s announcement of the company’s having received a license by the state of New York to grow and process hemp. Now the cannabis producer is set to invest somewhere between $100 million and $150 million into its New York-based “hemp industrial park” where cannabis research and production operations will be combined.
The good news for Tilray (TLRY) was the Canadian cannabis company’s unveiling the deal to buy Natura Naturals Holdings Inc, that is expected to close within the next 30 days.
Given the investors’ optimism, the cannabis stocks are likely to continue climbing to higher levels. The financial scouts forecast that Canopy Growth (СGС) might climb to $50, and Tilray might grow to $77, while Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB), Aphria Inc. (APHA) and Cronos are predicted to be priced up to $7, $7.5 and $17-$18, respectively.
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Cannabis Stocks Grow On Sector’s Strong Earnings Reports

The strong earnings reported by the cannabis sector have provided a powerful growth impetus for the growers’ stocks. A very conspicuous one was Organigram Holdings Inc that reported record high sales growth for the quarter, with the figure topping 400%. The figures as strong as that combined with Organigram management’s planning to double the sales prompted investors to expect that other cannabis companies have a very good upside for growth, too.
Now investors anticipate just as upbeat sales and earnings reports to be published by other cannabis growers. They believe that the sector has started to boom, and many cannabis growers will be able to earn really big money.
Tilray (TLRY) stands out as underperformer, with its stock price declining on the back of the company’s two insiders announcing the sale of their stakes in the business. Tilray CEO Brendan Kennedy sold 149,916 Tilray shares for $11.1 million.
According to financial scouts, the cannabis market will continue to remain upbeat. With the strong financial and production reporting figures likely to be published, Canopy Growth (СGС) and Tilray are likely to grow to appreciable $49-$49.5 and $78-$80, respectively, in the days to come. And Aurora Cannabis Inc (ACB), Aphria Inc. (APHA) and Cronos (CRON) might climb to $7.5-$8, $8-$8.5 and $19-$19.5 in the offing, financial scouts say.

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Cannabis producer stocks continue their rally

Increased investor confidence in the future of cannabis is helping shares in Canadian cannabis producers to sustain their rally,  This is true of both the medicinal and recreational-use markets. Additionally, the US's legalisation of hemp has opened up this market to a number of major Canadian producers who see significant changes in US legislation on the horizon.
There was even more good news for Cronos Group with industry heavyweight Altria investing $1.8 billion in the company in return for a 45% stake.
Short-term market sentiment will be determined by the quarterly financial reports of Aurora Cannabis (ACB), Cronos Group and Tilray (TLRY), which are to be published within the next few weeks. Investors will be expecting these producers to report sharp sales growth as a result of the recent increase in market outlets. They will also want to hear about their respective 2019 strategies.
For these reasons, we can expect to see increased volatility in this sector and any remotely significant development could trigger a marked jump or abrupt drop in share prices.
Financial scouts are predicting unit share price rises for the major cannabis producers within the following ranges: Canopy Growth (CGC) - $50-50.5, Cronos Group (CRON) $24-25, and Aphria Inc. - $11-12. Meanwhile, they expect shares in Aurora Cannabis to hit the $8.5-9 mark, with Tilray rising as high as $84-85.

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No discernible pattern to cannabis producer stock movements but general growth likely
Ambiguous news has meant there is no consistent pattern to cannabis producer share movements. For example, shares in Tilray (TLRY) are rising strongly after reports of a deal with Ohio-based Green Growth Brands that will see the Canadian company supply its US partner with CBD.
Aurora Cannabis Inc's (ACB) share price also increased significantly on news that its partner, Radient Technologies, had been granted a cannabis production license by the Canadian authorities. Following this announcement, the company's shares reached their highest level since the sector-wide boom we saw in November of the previous year.
Meanwhile, Canopy Growth Corp (CGC) is showing slightly lower share price growth, with Aphria Inc (APHA) firmly among the market minnows.
Financial scouts forecast that shares in cannabis producers could continue on their relative up-trend into the near future. Tilray's share price could grow to $80-80.5, while Aurora Cannabis Inc's might reach the $8.5-9 mark. Similarly, we could see Canopy Growth Corp hit $47.5-48, with shares in Aphria Inc and Cronos Group Inc (CRON) rising to $10.5-11 and $22-23 respectively.
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Cannabis stocks down on US legalisation doubts

Shares in Canadian cannabis producers are falling amid reports that the New York Department of Health has banned the sale of cannabis in restaurants and bars. Investors now fear that the legalisation of recreational use cannabis in the US is far from certain. Furthermore, the latest figures out of Canada show that the total number of cannabis users did not change significantly following the country's legalisation of the drug in October of last year. The market did however receive some good news in the form of reports suggesting that Thailand is considering decriminalising cannabis. Shares in Canopy Growth Corp (CGC) are demonstrating the best growth in the sector, with investors anticipating the company's entry into the US market. If Canopy Growth succeeds in this ambition, it will most likely "pull up" the shares of some of the smaller players in this sector such as Aphria (APHA), Cronos Group (CRON) and Tilray (TLRY). The latest short-term forecasts from financial scouts predict industry-wide shares growth, with the major players' unit share prices rising to the following levels: Canopy Growth - $46, Tilray - $80, Aurora Canabis Inc (ACB) - $8, Aphria Inc. (APHA) - $10, and Cronos Group - $20.

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Investors keeping close watch on US-China trade talks and United States' southern border
Investors in the Latin American stock markets are awaiting a decisive solution to the US-China trade conflict with bated breath.
For the time being, however, they remain cautious and are adopting a position of restrained optimism until the result of the talks becomes clear.
High level meetings between the sides are scheduled to take place as early as 21 February and will feature representatives including the Vice Premier of the State Council of the PRC.
Meanwhile, world oil prices are holding steady at their local maximums — which are high now that fears of a supply surplus have been assuaged — and this is benefiting the Latin American market.
The decision by the OPEC nations to reduce their output volumes coupled with the effect of US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela had a similar calming effect.
Elsewhere, financial scouts in Mexico are also carefully monitoring the situation along the US's southern border.
Trump had previously demanded that Congress allocate $5.7 billion dollars for the construction of the President's wall. When this was denied, a number of government departments refused to sign off on the budget for over a month, which resulted in a country-wide institutional shutdown.
In the end, the US Congress passed a budget which provided for just $1.4 billion in funding for a wall along the US-Mexico border. Trump responded by issuing a national emergency order to combat illegal immigration from Mexico and criminality on the US's southern border. This declaration means that the US President will now be able to access up to $8 billion in funds for his wall.
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Quarterly reports fail to boost cannabis stocks
As the quarterly reporting season continues on, there is still no unified pattern to cannabis stocks' movements. Following the publication of reports by Canopy Growth (CGC) and Aurora Cannabis (ACB), the market is still waiting to see the Q1 financial results of one more key industry player in Tilray (TLRY). This particular reporting period is especially significant for investors since it represents the first full quarter during which the sale of cannabis was legal across Canada. Several market pundits have forecast Tilray's Q1 per share earnings at $0.14. Canopy's financial statement revealed an overall more positive picture with earnings up 300% to CAD 80 million, though it still didn't quite live up to analysts' expectations. Aurora, on the other hand, posted losses of over CAD 200 million — just one year after reporting profits of around CAD 7.7 million. The company attributed these losses to ineffective management. Financial scouts believe that the marked variation in financial results across the industry's biggest players will mean cannabis shares trade mixed over the short-to-medium term. During this time, we can expect to see shares in Canopy Growth and Aphria Inc. rise to $49-49.5 and $10 respectively, whereas shares in Tilray (TLRY) and Aurora Cannabis are likely to fall to $75 and $6.5 respectively. Meanwhile, Cronos (CRON) could see its share price hit $22.
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Cannabis stocks down on below average quarterly reports
Shares in Canadian cannabis producers are still falling as they attempt to regain the ground lost following some below average Q3 reports from several major industry players including Canopy Growth (CGC) and Tilray (TLRY).
Tilray's shares are losing slightly more than the industry average, but this is largely the work of a price correction in response to the significant jump seen after the company announced its plans to acquire world-leading hemp-based food products company Manitoba Harvest from Compass Group Diversified Holdings.
With an estimated value of $318 million (USD), the deal is scheduled to be completed within the next 30 days and would enable Tilray to offer a wider range of products to its customers in the US and Canada.
Financial scouts predict that cannabis stocks will continue their decline over the short-to-medium term, but could return to growth further down the line.
Over the coming days, we can expect Canopy Growth's unit share price to drop to $45, with Tilray's potentially slipping to $78.5. Meanwhile, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) is likely to slide to $6.5, with shares in Aphria Inc. (APHA) falling to $10. Finally, Cronos (CRON)'s share price looks set to drop to $22.

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Libertex named Best Trading Application and Best Crypto Currencies' Broker for 2018
The results of this year's Forex Awards are in and we are delighted to announce that the Libertex trading platform has been named the Best Trading Application and Best Crypto Currencies' Broker of 2018.
In the words of Igor Galkin, Libertex Group's Head of Global Business Development and Sales: "For the second year in a row now, Libertex has managed to top the Best Trading Application and Best Crypto Currencies' Broker categories. This latest victory is proof that — if you're looking to make sound investments on the world markets — you can't go wrong with Libertex".
The Libertex trading platform is certified by the Financial Commission and was named Best Trading Terminal in the EEA at the Global Banking and Finance Awards 2016.  Libertex is held in high regard by professional traders the world over and its recognition as the Best Trading Application and Best Crypto Currencies' Broker for 2017 and 2018 only serves to confirm this fact.
Libertex is an international brand with over 20 years of experience in financial markets and online trading. Since our founding in 1997, we have been helping our customers trade a variety of financial instruments, including CFDs, foreign currency, various indices, exchange commodities, gold, silver, oil, gas, and many more besides. Today, Libertex provides first-class service to over 2.2 million customers across the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The Libetex trading platform is a one-stop-shop that enables its users to trade across various segments of the financial market from traditional currencies, metals and energy resources, all the way to CFDs, crypto currencies, indices, ETFs and beyond. Libertex's straight-forward, user-friendly interface not only enables users to complete trades easily without worrying about stuff like spreads, margins and lots, it also comes complete with a powerful set of technical analysis tools. There are web-based, iOS and Android versions of the terminal available, so users can trade comfortably on any device they like. We even offer an desktop-installable version for both Windows and MacOS.

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Geopolitics and possible Brexit deadline extension weighing on European markets
[/color]There is a whole host of negative factors weighing on the European stock markets at present. Of these, two of the most significant are the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan and the potential extension of the Brexit deadline.
[/color]The increasingly heated political climate in Asia is evidence that the region is in the grips of a new, previously overlooked crisis which could have serious, negative consequences for the world's financial markets. Another equally worrying concern among investors is the Britain's impending exit from the European Union. The UK government is currently debating measures to extend the Brexit deadline beyond the original 29 March departure date in the event that its latest deal proposal fails to receive parliamentary approval.
[/color]Meanwhile, investors are also following the US Federal Reserve's rhetoric for any clues as to the regulator's future monetary policy. In addition to this, they are also taking direction from the US representatives at the China-US trade talks, who are reported to have said that it is still too early to predict the results of the negotiations. These comments spelled the end of a recent period of increased optimism that a resolution to the ongoing trade conflict between the US and China was close at hand. As we narrow our focus to the region's individual countries and their domestic stock markets, we see several internal factors at play. For example, the Netherlands government's unexpected move to purchase shares in Air France-KLM has alarmed the French authorities, who are still waiting for the Dutch to provide proper clarification on the motivation behind the decision.

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The shares in marijuana manufacturers still look mixed


The shares of the largest Canadian producers of marijuana continue to show mixed trends against the background of data about the cannabis legal and black market indicators for the country. The report that Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) had closed a deal to acquire a company that produces medical marijuana in British Columbia in western Canada also impacted the market.
According to statistical data, the marijuana black market remained quite strong during the fourth quarter of 2018. Black market sales reached almost USD 900 million, while the legal market accounted for just over USD 300 million.
Shares of Aphria (APHA) are being bolstered by the news that the Canadian authorities have allowed the company to add additional production capacity. After this new production capacity is added, Aphria will be able to expand its manufacturing volume to up to 110,000 kilograms per year.
There is another notable piece of corporate news in the sector: Cronos Group (CRON) sold its stake in Whistler Medical Marijuana Corporation to Aurora Cannabis.
It is likely that shares in marijuana producing companies will continue to shift ambiguously in response to the combination of contradictory factors. Thus, shares in Aphria may rise to USD 11, whereas those in Cronos Group will drop to USD 20. Aurora Cannabis may drop in price to USD 7, and Canopy Growth (CGC) shares may appreciate to USD 46.


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Stock prices of the largest Canadian cannabis producers are dropping after the unexpected news that Scott Gottlieb stepped down as the Head of US FDA.


After two years in this position, he is expected to resign already next month.
These news were absolutely unexpected and, as a consequence, has affected the producers of Cannabis in a negative way, especially due to the fact that Gottlieb was known for his supportive attitude towards the cannabis dealing market. Just last week, he announced that public discussions regarding regulatory issues for this market segment would take place in April.
We can now expect that stocks of Cannabis producers will react to this unexpected negative event, and in several days, could suffer even more significant losses.
As financial scouts predict, Canopy Growth (CGC) stocks might drop in price to USD 45.5 - 46; Tilray (TLRY) - to USD 74.5-75, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) – to USD 6.5-7, Aphria Inc (APHA) – to USD 9-9.5 and Cronos (CRON) – to USD 22.


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European markets expected to fall on fears of a global economic slowdown

Europe's stock markets look set to remain subdued over the short-to-medium term on fears of a global economic slowdown and particularly poor economic indicators coming out of the Old Continent. The outlook only worsened following recent comments from the European Central Bank (ECB) as the regulator lowered its eurozone GDP growth forecasts for 2019 from 1.7% to 1.1%, also scaling down its 2020 projections from 1.7% to 1.6%. European stocks then took another hit following the publication of seriously weak Chinese exports data revealing an annualised fall of 20.7% for February. This comes after the previous month's numbers showed a 9.1% rise in January. Of course, these figures are a knock-on effect of the Asian giant's ongoing trade conflict with the USA.
The bad news continued for the European and world markets with poor labour market data from the US pointing to a deterioration of the economic situation in the country. All of the above factors explain why many investors are concerned about a potential slowdown in the global economy. Looking now to regional news, we received reports that the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Norway, which is responsible for managing the Nordic nation's assets, is set to sell its oil and gas shares under instructions from the country's Ministry of Finance. Meanwhile, Europe continues its wait for a definitive solution to the issue of Brexit.

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Cannabis stocks continue to rise on reports of US legalisation plans


Libertex notes that shares in major Canadian cannabis producers are rising after politicians in New Jersey made public their plans to legalise recreational cannabis use for adults over the age of 21. It has also been suggested that US local authorities will be permitted to tax cannabis producers operating on their territory at a rate of 2% of the companies' total earnings.
There was another welcome development for the sector in the form of Harvest Health & Recreation's announcement that it is to acquire competitor Verano Holdings in a deal that will see the purchasing company gain a further 30 retail outlets and 7 production facilities. According to its own projections, Harvest Health expects to own 70 retail locations, 13 farms and 13 production facilities by the end of the year.
Our financial scouts are convinced that the recent wave of positive market news will be sufficient to buoy cannabis stocks over the short-to-medium term. Their predictions include share price increases for all the major producers, with Tilray (TLRY) set to rise to $72.5-73, Canopy Growth (CGC) to $47-47.5 and Aurora Cannabis (ACB) to $8-8.5. Meanwhile, they expect shares in Cronos Group (CRON) and Aphria Inc (APHA) to reach $21.5-22 and $10 respectively.

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Correction sees cannabis stocks fall after rally on good corporate news runs course


Shares in most major Canadian cannabis producers are now undergoing a correction following moderate-to-strong growth in response to Hexo posting better Q2 earnings (up to $16.2 million).
As the company itself acknowledges, it owes a large part of this success to the significant rise in demand within the recreational cannabis sector as a whole. Just a day earlier, it was another positive development for Hexo that helped to buoy the market as the company announced plans to acquire Newstrike Brands Ltd. — a venture backed by former Canadian rock group The Tragically Hip — in a deal worth an estimated CAD 263 million (USD 198 million). Once it completes the acquisition, Hexo will gain close to 2 million square feet of additional production space.
Finally, the market received one last piece of good news this week in the form of Aurora Cannabis's (ACB) announcement that major investor Nelson Peltz had joined the company as a senior advisor.
In conclusion, it is likely that this downward correction will be sustained over the medium-to-short term, as is to be expected after such a sharp rise. With this in mind, we can expect shares in the big Canadian producers to continue on their current trajectory, with Aurora Cannabis tipped to fall to $8, Canopy Growh (CGC) to $45, Tilray (TLRY) to $72, Aphria to $12 and Cronos (CRON) to $20.


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European investors are worried about Brexit and are pretty skeptical when it comes to FRS policy.
European stock markets are nervous about the further perspective of Great Britain leaving Eurozone. It is still not clear whether it will be a Brexit with arrangements or not and when it will take place.
Brexit without a deal might seriously impact not just the British economy, but the Economy of the EU in general and some of its countries in particular. For example, Spain has assessed that in a worst case scenario, Brexit will cost the Spanish economy 10 bln euros. The British Chamber of Commerce has already downgraded its GDP growth forecast for 2019 from previously expected 1,3% to 1,2% against the backdrop of the continuing uncertainty about Brexit.
Meanwhile, the fact that Great Britain and the EU have coordinated a draft of the possible future memorandum of understanding that stipulates the information exchange between the regulatory bodies of the parties in the case of Brexit without a deal still looks positive to investors. At the same time, market players still hope that the agreement between the parties will be reached. Right now the EU still has to announce its decision with regards to the proposal of the British prime minister Theresa May to postpone the Brexit date to the 30th of June.
Apart from the events in the region, European investors have also paid their attention to the rhetoric of FRS of the USA. Despite of the fact that the financial market on the USA has preserved its basic interest rate in March and doesn't promise any further increases in the nearest future, financial scouts still point out that market players preserve their skepticism about the further politics of FED.

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Cannabis stocks could rally on good corporate news
Shares in Canada's biggest cannabis producing companies fell on Friday despite the market receiving several pieces of positive news.
Among these was the announcement by Canopy Growth (CGC) that it had acquired cannabis producer AgriNextUSA in a deal which Canopy's senior management believes will help the company expand its US business. This move comes shortly after another intra-sector acquisition saw the Canadian outfit add Colorado-based Ebbu to its portfolio.
Under the terms of the deal, AgriNextUSA's CEO will join the Canopy Growth team as its strategic advisor.
Then there was one final bit of good news for the market in the form of reports that Curaleaf has secured a deal that will see its products sold in hundreds of CVS Health stores across 10 US states.
Many financial scouts believe that these recent positive reports could bring a return to growth for stocks in this sector. Despite the recent decline, they are predicting unit share price increases for all major companies in this sector over the medium-to-short term, with Canopy Growth set to rise $47, Aurora Canabis (ACB) to $10 and Tilray (TLRY) to $71. Meanwhile, Aphria (APHA) is tipped to rise to $11, while Cronos (CRON) is seen up to $21.

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European Investors are worried about the perspectives of global economic development and Brexit.


European stock markets will be under hard pressure due to investors being nervous about further perspectives for development of the European economy as well as of global economy in general. Such concerns became really serious after the Eurozone and USA economic statistics were published. A serious deterioration in terms of forecasts on further perspectives for the world economy were given by various institutions and organisations.
Another topic for active discussions and increased concerns of market players is still related to the dynamics of profitability of US treasury bonds. The recent movements of the profitability curve make the investors think that a recession might take place in the US economy during this year.
Apart from this, the trading participants prefer to hold back from risky investments awaiting for another round of trading negotiations between the USA and China, that are scheduled for the 28th of March. In the beginning of April representatives of China are also going to pay a return visit to Washington.
Besides all the above-mentioned facts, the worries with regards to the Brexit deal also influence investment sentiments negatively. After the European leaders postponed the date when Great Britain is supposed to leave the EU for several weeks beyond the 29th of March date, the question about the scenario of this process still remains open.


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Cannabis stocks could rise on Cronos quarterly report
Shares in Canadian cannabis producers are trading mixed this Tuesday as the market awaits Cronos Group’s Q4 2018 report.


In the run-up to the release of Cronos’s final quarterly report for 2018, the company’s shares are rising and currently lead their sector, which would suggest that investors are anticipating positive results from the Canadian firm.


Still, the market’s growth has been somewhat restrained following reports that New Jersey has postponed a crucial vote on cannabis legalisation. The Garden State is at the forefront of the charge for legalisation in the US and is thus regarded as a barometer of the movement’s overall momentum.


Canopy Growth’s (CGC) shares are not faring particularly well this week despite the announcement that the company has been granted a license by the Canadian government to cultivate cannabis in the province of New Brunswick. The producer plans to grow approximately 5,000 kg of cannabis a year at this new facility, with the first harvest expected in just six months’ time.


Our financial scouts believe that future share movements in this sector will be largely determined by Cronos’s financial results. If they reveal strong indicators, then the company’s share price could reach $21-21.5, while Aphria’s (APHA) could rise to $10. Meanwhile, shares in Aurora Cannabis (ACB) could hit $10.5, with Canopy Growth and Tilray similarly rising to $44.5-45 and $68-68.5 respectively.

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European investors still on edge
Despite European investors' hope for a quick resolution to the trade conflict between China and the US, the future of the global economy and Brexit are still weighing on their minds.
Most market participants are hoping that both sides can reach a final agreement to end the current stand off. According to rumours we are hearing on the market, the countries' representative made some serious progress at the most recent round of talks and a final agreement is now close at hand.
Meanwhile, investors have been seriously concerned about the future growth of the global economy following the release of weak economic data from both the US and the eurozone.
Italy's projected GDP growth for this yer has now been lowered from 0.9% to 0%.
It is predicted that this indicator will only enter positive growth in 2020, when it is seen up 0.4% against 2019.
In other news, European investors are waiting for further developments in relation to Brexit after British MPs voted, as many anticipated, to postpone the date of the UK's departure from the EU.
At the same time, the UK parliament was unable to find majority support for any of the eight Brexit options currently on the table.

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Shares of cannabis producers rise after falling after Cronos reporting.


Shares of Canadian cannabis manufacturing companies on Friday mostly rose as part of the correction to a rather serious fall, which followed the publication of the quarterly report of the Cronos Group (CRON). The company's financial results for the reporting financial quarter were significantly worse than market expectations. So, in particular, the company unexpectedly reported a loss of $8.8 million, after which major analysts worsened their recommendations on these securities to “sell” from “hold”.


At the same time, after having somewhat digested this information, this segment of the market again shot upward as part of the correction. An additional reason for optimism was the Ernst & Young forecast that by 2025, every fifth Canadian adult will be using marijuana, spending an average of 1.7 thousand dollars a year for this purpose.


In turn, the company Tilray Inc. (TLRY) promised to strengthen its team by attracting experienced financial experts to prepare sound financial statements and strengthen internal financial control.
According to financial scouts, in the coming days, shares of Canadian cannabis producers will continue their upward trend. For example, Cronos shares could rise to $19, Tilray - up to $66.5, Canopy Growth (CGC) - up to $43-43.5, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) - up to $9, Aphria (APHA) - up to $9,5 dollars.

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Shares of cannabis producers may rise on a possible ETF launch.
Shares of Canadian cannabis growers on Wednesday were mostly slightly lower in price, with the exception of Canopy Growth (CGC), which added about 1.6%.
At the same time, the sector’s stocks were able to grow a little on the positive news that a large investment fund from Toronto Evolve Funds Group, whose assets amount to more than $300 million, is going to launch an ETF for cannabis producers' shares.
However, the good news for Aurora Cannabis (ACB) could be the message that the company has started selling hemp oil to Germany and
plans to become one of the largest suppliers of raw materials outside North America.


Despite the fact that while shares of cannabis producers are mostly ignoring all this positive news, in the short term they still have good chances for growth.
For example, Canopy Growth stocks could climb to $44-44.5, Aurora Cannabis - up to $9.5, Aphria (APHA) - up to $10-10.5, Cronos (CRON) - up to $19, and Tilray shares (TLRY) - up to $64-64.5.

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Shares of cannabis growers moved to consolidation


Shares of Canadian cannabis producers on Friday do not show a single dynamic against the backdrop of hopes for a possible easing of legislation in the United States. At the same time, it can be noted that the market took some breathing space after substantial growth in the first quarter, investors are waiting for any significant corporate news events, in this case there could be a chance to see a new rally in the market.


A document proposed by a number of US senators that proposes making some legislative exceptions for banks working with the cannabis industry provided welcome news for the market. The Association of American Bankers has already supported this project.


Additional support for Aurora Cannabis (ACB) securities came after the announcement that it hired investment banker Carey Squires to work on the company's global development. In addition, in Germany, Aurora Cannabis won 5 lots at auction for the production of medical cannabis. The same lot was won by the company's competitor - Aphria Inc. (APHA). Now companies can grow 200 kilograms of cannabis in these areas per year.


However, the unfavourable news for Canopy Growth (CGC) is the poor quarterly reporting by Constellation Brands, which previously invested $4 billion in Canopy,
According to forecast financial scouts, some consolidation will continue in this market segment in the near future. Aurora Cannabis shares could rise in price to 9.5 dollars, Tilray (TLRY) - up to 61.5 dollars, Aphria - up to 10.5 dollars. Paper Canopy Growth at the same time could be reduced in price to $43, and Cronos (CRON) - up to $18.

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Libertex Launched Lyft Trading


Igor Galkin, Head of Global Business Development and Sales at Libertex Group, said, “Lyft held an IPO at the end of March, 2019. Its shares are one of the most interesting instruments of this season. We’re glad to offer our clients CFD for Lyft shares and open new trading opportunities for them.”


CFD on Lyft have a huge potential for effective trading because of two key reasons: first, they allow traders to diversify their trading strategies, and second, after the IPO they are quite volatile. Long-term investors can also find Lyft to be of interest, seeing as there is a good potential for share price growth.


Lyft shares will be available on the Libertex trading terminal starting April, 2019.


About Libertex:


Libertex is an international brand with a twenty year history in financial markets and online commerce. Libertex provides investors with access to trading stocks, currencies, indices, commodities, gold, oil, gas and many other financial instruments. The Libertex team has more than 2,200,000 customers in Latin America, Europe and Asia owing to its first-class service. Libertex has more than 150 commercial instruments. In 2016, Libertex was recognized by Forex EXPO Awards as the best trading platform; and Global Banking and Finance Review named it the best trading application in the EAEU. In 2017-2018 Libertex was announced as Best trading application and Best cryptocurrency broker by Forex Awards.


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Shares of cannabis producing companies continue to soar on the back of Canopy Growth deal with American company.
Since Friday, shares of some of the largest Canadian cannabis producers are rising in price due to Canopy Growth (CGC) announcing an agreement on merging with American Acreage Holdings.
Canopy Growth received the right to purchase all shares of the American company for $ 3.4 billion as soon as selling and producing cannabis will be legalized in the US. The Canadian company has already made an advance of $ 300 million. As a result of this transaction, Canopy Growth will be able to begin full-scale operations in the American market at the nearest time.
Currently, the global market of legal production and sales of cannabis is estimated at $ 7.7 billion per year. As financial predicted by experts, by 2021 the market will grow up to $ 21 billion - an increase of 60% is expected. Thus, the company's access to new markets is a very good factor for its stock quotes’ growth.
It can be expected that in the near future, shares of the largest cannabis producers in Canada will show positive trends, playing back to the positive news about the Canopy Growth deal with the US company. Shares of Aphria (APHA) can rise in price up to 8-8.5 dollars, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) - up to 9.5 dollars, Cronos Group (СRON) - up to 16-16,5 dollars, Tilray Inc. (TLRY) - up to 49-49,5 dollars, and the Canopy Growth (CGC) itself - up to 45-45,5 dollars.

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European investors concerned by global economic development prospects


Investors in Europe continue to scrutinise the financial statements of major US corporations amid growing concerns regarding the global economy’s future development prospects following weak economic data coming out of both Europe and Asia.
With trade talks with China looking set to resume over the week ahead, many investors are worried about the Asian giant’s long-term economic policy. As it looks to stimulate economic growth, fears of excess cash in the economy leading to a financial bubble will most likely see the People's Bank of China resist the urge to make further cuts to its reserve requirement ratio this year.
In other news, Britain’s departure from the European Union remains a hot topic for investors on the Old Continent as the latest Brexit plan negotiations end in deadlock. Elsewhere, European investors continue to monitor world oil price movements after the US announced its decision to scrap all exemptions from sanctions on importers of Iranian oil. However, financial scouts report that the commodity's price is being held in check by recent information claiming that the US has increased its oil reserves.


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Cannabis stocks down on corporate news


According to Libertex's sources, shares in major Canadian cannabis producers are in decline after Valens GroWorks posted zero earnings for last quarter. Over the previous reporting period, the company in fact recorded losses of $6.4 million, which is almost double the figure reported a year ago. However, this situation was somewhat eased by reports that the company had signed a multi-year extraction services agreement with Hexo that would see the latter supply Valens GroWorks with an annual minimum of 30 tonnes of cannabis.
There was more positive news for the market, too, as an Alabama Senate committee approved a bill to permit patients over the age of 19 to purchase medical cannabis freely.
Financial scouts predict that cannabis stocks will likely continue on their current downtrend over the short term as they look to bounce back from Valens GroWorks's recent poor results. They forecast share price drops for all the major producers, with Canopy Growth (CGC) set to fall to $47.5-48 and Aurora Cannabis (ACB) to $8-9. Meanwhile, they see shares in Tilray (TLRY) down below $51, with Cronos (CRON) and Aphria (APHA) expected to slide to below $16 and $7 respectively.

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Pinterest: the perfect picture for Libertex traders



Following the recent incorporation of Lyft to its platform, Libertex continues to expand the list of assets for its clients. Today, the Libertex trading platform announces the launch of CFDs (contracts for difference) for Pinterest (PINS), valued at $10 bn after the IPO that took place this April 17th, 2019.
The IPO price, initially set at a range of $15 to $17, quickly moved on to $19, proving the interest of investors since the very first hours, and it’s easy to understand why just having a look at some key facts about the company founded in 2010 by Ben Silbermann, a former Google employee, and Evan Sharp, ex designer at Facebook:
•   250 million users every month, of which 83% are women who make 80% of total volume of purchases.
•   In the US, the site is used for purchasing goods more often than any other social media.
•   It is a perspective platform both for advertising and retail business with its own solutions for e-commerce.
At present, the rate of increase in Pinterest revenues amounts to 60% and given the growth forecast for digital ad market, Pinterest may become a very alluring candidate for investments.
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Canadian cannabis stocks continue to grow on Tilray's financials
The majority of Canada's biggest cannabis producers experienced strong price growth this Wednesday after Tilray (TLRY) reported better than expected Q1 sales growth. According to its quarterly report, the company's sales totaled CAD 23 million, which constitutes a rise of 195% compared with a year ago.
In addition to the above, Tilray also announced that it plans to start purchasing cannabis from third-party producers but is yet to find a supplier capable of satisfying its quality requirements.
The market was unshaken even by Aurora Cannabis's (ACB) quarterly report, which revealed worse than expected Q1 sales. As the company itself noted, its net sales for that period totaled CAD 65.1 million, which represents a 20% increase on the previous quarter. Nevertheless, investors had expected that figure to be more in the region of CAD $68.7 million. Meanwhile, the company reported a net loss of CAD $160.2 million, which represents and improvement on last quarter.


Our financial scouts predict that Tilray's most recent quarterly report will give Canadian cannabis stocks the boost they need to continue their current growth. With this mind, they are forecasting share price increases for all the major producers, with Aurora Cannabis, Tilray and Canopy Growth (CGC) set to rise to $8.5-9, $49.5 and $46 respectively. Meanwhile, they see Aphria (APHA) and Cronos (CRON) up to $7.5 and "$15.5 respectively.

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What are the regularization of Libertex
I was bidding on a pair audio loudspeaker kit on ebay that were grabbed.

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According to its description it's pretty good, but you need to understand in the end that this is just a description, possibly an advertising one. Therefore, it's better to see for yourself.
I agree, in advertisements there are always a lot of information, but of course only good. Can anyone tell me wbout his experience with it?

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European markets weigh up May’s resignation.
European investors are still assessing the medium-to-short term implications of British PM Theresa May’s announcement that she will be stepping down come 7 June. The current favourite in the race for Number 10 is former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. Market insiders believe that May’s resignation could help speed up the process of the government securing cross-party support for any final EU withdrawal plan. This comes at a time when the risk of a “no deal” Brexit is looming increasingly large with each day that passes. Elsewhere, European investors are also concerned that May's departure will make it difficult for the Bank of England to maintain its high base rate policy, thus increasing the likelihood of a reduction. Another key area of interest is the still-unresolved US-China trade conflict, which has only been intensifying of late. Despite US President Donald Trump's statement that the US's allegations of irregularities against Chinese company Huawei can be resolved by way of a trade deal, investors are still worried that the parties will be unable to reach any kind of agreement. The next meeting between the two countries' respective heads of state is set to take place as part of the G20 meeting in Japan next month. In regional corporate news, we have received reports that a Renault and Fiat Chrysler merger could be on the cards. In fact, the two companies are allegedly discussing the terms of the potential fifty-fifty merger as we speak.

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Dear emililadjet,
As we work in different countries, we are regulated by different institutions according to jurisdiction. You can find more information at our website.
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European markets under negative pressure from all sides


The European stock markets are under intense pressure from a whole raft of negative factors, both internal and external. For instance, the prospects of a resolution to the US-China trade conflict remain hazy at best, which is negatively impacting the entire world economy. This comes after China made a statement that it would be prepared to limit rare earth metal exports to the US in response to US restrictions on Chinese exports. Another worry weighing on Europe's indices is Italy's budget. Investors fear that the European Commission might fine Italy 3.5 billion euros in light of its national debt situation. The EU has announced that it strongly recommends Italy reassess its budget stance, claiming that the country's decision to increase its deficit has only harmed the Mediterranean nation's economy, which now has the slowest growth rate in the region. And who could forget Brexit? Britain's departure from the EU still remains one of the biggest challenges facing the European markets. The issue has seen a political dogfight emerge in the UK in which the Brexit Party — which wants Brexit at any cost — seems to have come out on top. This comes as a number of political powers are predicting that a no deal Brexit would have serious negative consequences for both the British and EU economies.

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European markets on track to continue growth pending anticipated rate cuts


Europe’s biggest markets are on course to continue their recent growth as central banks worldwide prepare to reduce interest rates. This comes after Germany adjusted its 2019 and 2020 economic growth forecasts downwards. Investors are now anticipating a 10 basis point rate cut from the ECB before the end of this year, with the US Federal Reserve expected to follow suite following a sharp slowdown in job growth during May. Factors likely to hold back European markets include investor cautiousness over the uncertainty surrounding the identity of the next British Prime Minister and the increasing probability of a “no deal” Brexit. Turning our focus to individual markets in the region, the situation on the French stock market will to a large extent be determined by corporate news. In recent weeks, investors’ attention has been firmly fixed on Renault as they await any new developments from the automaker. French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire has announced that the country is prepared to reduce its stake in Renault in a bid to shore up its alliance with Japanese car manufacturer Nissan. Renault is already party to an alliance agreement with Japanese firms Nissan and Mitsubishi, but the partnership has been under fire since the arrest last November of alliance chief Carlos Ghosn.


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Hexo’s worse-than-expected Q3 report pushes down cannabis stocks


Canadian cannabis stocks were down significantly on Friday after Hexo announced lower Q3 sales compared to last quarter.
According to the company’s own data, its gross cannabis sales totaled approximately $12 million, which represents a decline compared with Q2. This news was not well received by investors and it only served to intensify their concerns over the industry’s future prospects.
In light of this development, many are now doubtful of Hexo’s ability to reach their planned sales growth target of $400 million by 2020. Following its poor quarterly report, Hexo’s share price fell by 8%, driving down shares in other companies in the sector (with an average fall of 4-5%).
Our financial scouts’ short-term prediction is that the market will continue to reel from Hexo’s weak report, which means a further decline in Canadian cannabis stocks is on the cards.
With this in mind, they predict that shares in Canopy Growth (CGC) could fall to $41, with Aurora Cannabis (ACB) potentially sliding to $7. Meanwhile, they see Aphria (APHA), Tilray (TLRY) and Cronos (CRON) down to $6, $40 and $16 respectively.
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European investors await Fed rate decision


The upcoming two-day meeting of the US Federal Reserve is at the forefront of European investors’ minds this week amid strong expectation that the regulator will keep rates at their current level of 2.25-2.5%. Investors are also keen to hear the Fed’s rate forecast, with many predicting a majority of the bank’s board will argue in favour of a July reduction in light of the deteriorating world economy. Elsewhere, European markets are still weighing up the prospects of a no deal Brexit as the UK’s internal political turmoil continues. Former Foreign Minister and bookies’ favourite for PM Boris Johnson has stated that the UK will not pay the country’s 39 billion Brexit bill until the EU agrees to a deal that is acceptable to Britain. This comes after current PM Theresa May officially stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party. She has pledged to stay on as the country’s Prime Minister until her successor has been chosen. The name of the new head of government is expected to be made public at some point during the second half of July. In regional news, one positive development for European markets was the announcement from international ratings agency Fitch that it has affirmed France's Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “AA” with stable outlook. According to the agency, the country’s rating is supported by its big, strong and diversified economy, its robust, effective civil and social institutions, as well as its record of macroeconomic stability.


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Where to buy and sell Slack shares? The new instrument is now available in Libertex


Libertex just expanded its trading portfolio launching CFD (contracts for difference) for shares of Slack Inc. (WORK). This provides Libertex users with new trading opportunities.


Traders are not only able to use Slack as one of the most popular messengers worldwide, but they trade CFD on its shares too! Slack is an attractive instrument for both short term traders and long-term investors.


Slack made a direct listing at June 20th. Slack became the third “unicorn” company, after Lyft and Pinterest, that started offering its shares in the past months. All three companies are available at Libertex.


Trade Slack now with Libertex!


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Libertex is an international brand with a twenty year history in the financial markets and online commerce. Libertex provides investors with access to trading stocks, currencies, indices, commodities, gold, oil, gas and many other financial instruments. The Libertex team has more than 2,200,000 customers in Latin America, Europe and Asia owing to its first-class service. Libertex has more than 200 commercial instruments. In 2016, Libertex was recognized by the Forex EXPO Awards as the best trading platform; and the Global Banking and Finance Review named it the best trading application in the EAEU. In 2017-2018, Libertex was announced as Best trading application and Best cryptocurrency broker by Forex Awards...


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Canadian cannabis stocks are set to rise
Canadian cannabis stocks are set to rise on positive news from Aleafia Health Inc. that it is about to finish paying off convertible bonds in the amount of $25 million.
This comes after shares in Canopy Growth (CGC) saw significant growth following reports that the company had come to an agreement to acquire Acreage Holdings Inc. Under the terms of the deal, Canopy will be able to take control of the company as soon as US federal laws on cannabis are relaxed. Acreage will continue to operate independently but will have access to Canopy's intellectual property, branding, product recipes and patents.
Nevertheless, there were also some negative developments for the market, with Governor of New Hampshire Chris Sununu vetoing a bill that would open up governmental medical cannabis to commercial enterprises. This bit of news came as a serious setback to entrepreneurs who were hoping to set up businesses were the bill to have been passed.
Our financial scouts believe that the Canadian cannabis market is likely to rebound from this recent positive corporate news wave. With this in mind, they see share price rises for all of the major producers in this sector, with Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis (ACB) and Tilray (TLRY) tipped to rise to $42-43, $8-8.5 and $47 respectively. Elsewhere, they predict Aphria (APHA) will rise to


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Cannabis stocks up as Aurora Cannabis receives new licenses
Shares in major cannabis producers are largely up this Wednesday on news that market leader Aurora Cannabis (ACB) has been granted licenses for two new outdoor cultivation sites.
This comes after a period of decline for the sector following a disappointing quarterly report from Organigram. At a time when all the experts were predicting a 3 cent per share rise, the company posted a 7 cent per share loss and a net pre-tax income increase of 628% to CAD 24.75.
Nevertheless, Organigram's executive management is convinced that it will be able to improve its financials some time during the latter part of the year. Finally, we end our coverage of Organigram with information that the company is planning to add another 100 employees to its already 700-strong workforce.


In other news, Aurora Cannabis's share price rose following the announcement that it had been granted licenses by Health Canada for two new open-air cultivation facilities in Quebec and British Columbia. The company has stated that the new sites will be used for cultivation research to develop new technology, genetics and intellectual property for outdoor production. Aurora Cannabis went on to clarify that it deliberately selected open-air sites since this would enable it to research methods of cultivation for different climactic conditions.
According to our financial scouts, cannabis stocks should continue to rise for as long as this latest wave of positive market sentiment lasts. With this in mind, they see share price increases for all the major producers, with Canopy Growth (CGC) rising to $36.00 and Aurora Cannabis up to $8.00. Meanwhile, they predict that shares in Tilray (TLRY), Aphria (APHA) and Cronos (CRON) could jump to $45.00, $6.50 and $15.00 respectively.

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Libertex, new Premium Plus Partner of Valencia CF

The trading sector multinational becomes the club's new sponsor until 2021

Valencia CF has reached an agreement with Libertex, a multinational financial scout in the trading sector and considered as the Best Trading Application of 2018, by which the financial company becomes the new Premium Plus Partner of Valencia CF until June 30, 2021.
 
The Libertex logo will now be visible on the back of both the game and training kits, as well as be present on advertising in the Mestalla stadium, the training grounds of Paterna, institutional events and in the digital media of the club: official app, www.valenciacf.com and social networks.
 
This way, Valencia CF becomes the best ally for Libertex in its objective of increasing its notoriety, both in Spain and internationally, with a special emphasis on the Latin American and Southeast Asian markets, in order to achieve an impact that reaches hundreds of millions of people when competing in the most prestigious competitions.
 
With this agreement, Libertex customers and Valencia CF fans will be able to benefit from promotions, exclusive offers, participate in meetings with players and many more opportunities to have a unique experience, both in their activity with Libertex and with Valencia CF.
 
President Anil Murthy is “very satisfied with the agreement reached with Libertex, another multinational company that joins Valencia CF to continue growing both locally and globally. Libertex is an example of a serious and solvent company in a very competitive market that wants to increase their position as a reference in its sector, the same way as Valencia CF has also looked for it throughout its history.”
 
Michael Geiger, CEO of Libertex, acknowledges that “Valencia CF is a top-level club internationally, with a long and successful history, with whom we share a common feeling in terms of emotions, passion and success stories. Valencia CF is the perfect partner to deliver our brand, our message and our services to potential customers to continue growing in the market. We believe it will be a great and ambitious season for both of us and we will support each other. ”
 
For his part, the General Manager of Libertex, Andrey Nikolaev, recognizes that “this partnership will allow us to offer benefits to our customers. Just by being a client, you will have the opportunity to live first-hand experiences with a historical club of LaLiga, the best league in the world.”
 
With more than 30 international awards, the most recent ones being the Best Cryptocurrency Broker and Best Trading Application of 2018 at the prestigious Forex Awards, the company created in 1997 has a portfolio of 2.2 million customers distributed in 110 countries, offering its users more than 240 trading assets with which to operate.
 
Libertex is considered one of the best web and mobile platforms to make secure purchases of various financial assets (stocks, currencies, indices and commodities). It offers its users an intuitive, simple and clear platform for both experts and beginners in the trading sector, providing training and creating didactic actions aimed at fans.

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Libertex: outstanding new partner for Getafe CF


Libertex, the best trading application of 2018, is Getafe Club de Fútbol’s latest great signing. The online broker and the Madrid team have signed a sponsorship agreement that will show the Libertex brand on the blue team’s uniform, both in domestic competitions - LaLiga and Copa del Rey - and in the UEFA Europa League, a tournament that Getafe CF will be entering after achieving an admirable fifth place last season.


As an exclusive partner, the agreement will also include branding on the static and dynamic advertisements of the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez Stadium and the training grounds, along with presence in social networks, on the club’s website and during special events.


The alliance will also mean the expansion of the Libertex brand in Spanish and European markets, but also in Latin America and Southeast Asia, as it comes from one of the fittest squads in the best league in the world, who have a significant global impact.


Libertex customers and Getafe CF members can benefit from numerous promotions such as regular and VIP tickets, special promotions, meet and greet with players, exclusive offers and other opportunities to enjoy a unique experience.


Michael Geiger, CEO of Libertex, stated: “Getafe completed an outstanding season, proving they can reach ambitious goals. They’re a young yet aggressive club with purpose, always oriented towards growth, and those are values that Libertex also share. We strongly believe that our new partnership will allow us to connect in a more intense and effective way with a larger community of online traders all over the world. We all hope for a great season and are confident that Getafe will be a perfect partner.”


The General Manager of Libertex, Andrey Nikolaev, said: “Thanks to this deal, our clients will experience the emotion of LaLiga and UEFA Europa League in person. We are sure that a number of offers that we’ll present throughout the whole season will meet all of their expectations, we invite everyone to join us in this unique adventure.”


Ángel Torres, president of Getafe CF, had this to say: “We are very glad to welcome a brand like Libertex to the azulona family; from this moment, they are part of the family and we hope that this path that we begin will be most satisfactory for both entities.”


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Cannabis stocks up on positive reporting


Shares in Canada's biggest cannabis producers are for the most part rising strongly following the publication of a sizable batch of quarterly reports by some of the sector's biggest names.
Last week, for instance, Innovative Industrial Properties posted positive Q2 results showing profit up 76.4% to $0.30 per share.
Cronos Group (CRON) is another company that has already released its quarterly results, exceeding analysts' predictions with sales revenue of CAD 10.2 million. This impressive sales growth has helped to increase investor confidence in Cronos which, in turn, has generated a share price increase for the company.
On 1 August we saw Aphria (APHA) announce spectacular Q4 results on 1 August. Meanwhile, another key player in the market, Canopy Growth (CGC), is planning to publish its Q1 2020 financial results at close of trade on 14 August.
However, this wave of positive news was somewhat dampened by news that KPMG was withdrawing its audit report of the company's 2018 results.
Nevertheless, our financial scouts believe that if the sector's biggest names can sustain this trend of positive reporting, cannabis stocks should continue their current growth over the short to medium term. With this in mind, they see Canopy Growth's share price up to $35.00, with Tilray rising to $47.00. Meanwhile, they predict Cronos, Aphria and Aurora Cannabis (ACB) will increase to reach $14-14.50, $7.50 and $7.50-8.00 respectively.

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Cannabis stocks trading mixed on contradictory news


Canadian cannabis stocks are trading mixed this Wednesday in a trend that has persisted since the beginning of the week when CannTrust's share price lost a further 5% following another scandal, this time involving one of its Ontario stores. This comes after the Canadian authorities announced that a probe of CannTrust's operations had revealed that the company was cultivating cannabis in unlicensed rooms at its Pelham, Ontario site. In an effort to draw a line under this scandal, the company dismissed two members of its executive management team who, it is alleged, were aware of the violation but failed to take action to halt the unlicensed production activities.
Now the company is looking at a variety of potential solutions to the challenges it is facing including selling the business outright.
In other news, some cannabis stocks received a boost in the form of reports that US company MedMen has become a major supplier of cannabis to the Californian market, boasting 17 retail locations in the state.
Elsewhere, shares in Aurora Cannabis (ACB) fell after the company announced it had completed its $47.7 million acquisition of Hempco Food and Fibre Inc. Following the deal, Hempco will become part of the Canadian giant's Aurora Hemp arm whose focus will be the production of hemp-derived products.


Our financial scouts believe that, as long as the news atmosphere remains contradictory, the cannabis market will continue to trade mixed. As such, they see shares in Canopy Growth (CG) up to $28.00, with Aurora Cannabis and Aphria (APHA) also rising to $6.50 and $7.00 respectively. Meanwhile, they predict potential share price drops for Tilray (TLRY) and Cronos (CRON) to $28.50 and $11.50 respectively.

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Cannabis stocks trading mixed on contradictory news


Canadian cannabis stocks are trading mixed this Wednesday in a trend that has persisted since the beginning of the week when CannTrust's share price lost a further 5% following another scandal, this time involving one of its Ontario stores. This comes after the Canadian authorities announced that a probe of CannTrust's operations had revealed that the company was cultivating cannabis in unlicensed rooms at its Pelham, Ontario site. In an effort to draw a line under this scandal, the company dismissed two members of its executive management team who, it is alleged, were aware of the violation but failed to take action to halt the unlicensed production activities.
Now the company is looking at a variety of potential solutions to the challenges it is facing including selling the business outright.
In other news, some cannabis stocks received a boost in the form of reports that US company MedMen has become a major supplier of cannabis to the Californian market, boasting 17 retail locations in the state.
Elsewhere, shares in Aurora Cannabis (ACB) fell after the company announced it had completed its $47.7 million acquisition of Hempco Food and Fibre Inc. Following the deal, Hempco will become part of the Canadian giant's Aurora Hemp arm whose focus will be the production of hemp-derived products.


Our financial scouts believe that, as long as the news atmosphere remains contradictory, the cannabis market will continue to trade mixed. As such, they see shares in Canopy Growth (CG) up to $28.00, with Aurora Cannabis and Aphria (APHA) also rising to $6.50 and $7.00 respectively. Meanwhile, they predict potential share price drops for Tilray (TLRY) and Cronos (CRON) to $28.50 and $11.50 respectively.

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Cannabis stocks fall after recent growth on Tilray news


Shares in Canada's biggest cannabis producers were down significantly on Friday. This comes after a period of growth following Tilray's (TLRY) announcement that it had put pen to paper on its first contract to supply cannabis to the European market.
Under the terms of the deal, the company will begin supplying $3.3 million worth of products to the German distributor Cannamedical Pharma from autumn of this year.
Expansion into Europe forms an integral part of the Canadian producer's strategy to increase profits. Back in March, Tilray's management was already talking about shifting its focus towards the US and European markets in a bid to unlock greater growth prospects than the Canadian market could ever offer.
Following this news, Tilray's shares responded by jumping 10% before correcting sharply downwards.
Elsewhere in the market, shares in Canopy Growth (CGC) are still falling relatively rapidly in response to last week's dismal Q1 report, which revealed losses for the company of several billion dollars.
We can expect this current negative outlook to endure over short to medium term as Canadian cannabis stocks continue to correct downwards. With this in mind, we predict share price drops for Tilray, Canopy Growth and Cronos (CRON) to $28-28.50, $25.00 and $11.00 respectively. Meanwhile, we see Aurora Cannabis (ACB) down to $5.00, with Aphria (APHA) also sliding to $6.00.

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Canadian cannabis stocks were trading mixed this Tuesday following three consecutive days of losses.
This comes as sector leader Canopy Growth Corp (CGC) is enjoying a period of renewed growth following an upgrade of its shares to neutral by Seaport Global's Brett Handley, with the industry authority commenting that the company's stock looks like a good investment after a series of quick sell-offs over the summer months.
In early July this year, we saw Canopy Growth's shares dumped by investors following the sacking of then CEO Bruce Linton on the initiative of the company's majority shareholder, Corona Constellation Brands Inc. The beverage giant had invested $4 billion in Canopy, but was disappointed by the Canadian company's financials. Constellation has stated that it expects to post a $54.3 million loss in its Q2 report related to its stake in the Canadian cannabis producer.
There was more positive news for the sector as Namaste Technologies announced that it had promoted Meni Morim from acting to permanent CEO of the company, also adding him to its board of directors.
According to our financial scouts, the Canadian cannabis market is likely to continue trading mixed over the short to medium term. As such, they predict Canopy Growth will rise to $25.50, with Aurora Cannabis (ACB) climbing to $6.50. Meanwhile, they see Tilray (TLRY), Aphria (APHA) and Cronos (CRON) all down to $28.00, $6.00 and $11.00 respectively.

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Cannabis stocks trading mixed despite news of Tilray deal


Shares in Canada's major cannabis producers are trading mixed this Friday. Tilray (TLRY) appears to be the worst affected after Thursday's announcement of a CAD 110 million deal to buy head-shop chain Four20, which owns and operates six recreational cannabis stores in Alberta. It is hoped that the acquisition, which will see Tilray buy up all of Four20's issued and outstanding shares, will help the cannabis producer expand its presence within Canada. Tilray will pay CAD 70 million for the shares when the deal eventually goes through at the end of Q1 2020, followed by an additional CAD 40 million "subject to the achievement of certain milestones" by Four20.
Prior to this acquisition, Tilray completed another deal with Authentic Brands Group to supply this latter with CBD for use in products for sale in several major retail chains across the US and Canada.
Despite the positive response to reports of a new deal, the company shares continue to fall and could even drop to the $5.00 mark over the short to medium term. Meanwhile, we could see Canopy Growth (CGC) slide to around $24.00 per unit share, with Cronos Group (CRON) and Aphria (APHA) rising to $11.00 and $7.00 respectively.

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Cannabis stocks up on sale by Aurora Cannabis of its Green Organic Dutchman holding

Shares in Canada's biggest cannabis producers were up this Friday following Aurora Cannabis's (ACB) decision to sell its 10% stake in Green Organic Dutchman. The deal was done for a price of $3.00 per share, i.e. around 15% lower than the stock's closing price. When the Canadian producer made its original investment in Green Organic Dutchman back in January 2018, it paid just $1.65 a share.
Then, it began selling its shares in October 2018 (for between $5.00-6.00), a programme which it has continued until now.
Elsewhere, the sector also received some negative news in the form of reports from US-based analysts, who estimate that the sector has declined 40-50% from its 2019 highs. The great sell-off began in response to delays in the approval of several mergers and acquisitions scheduled for 2019. This comes after the US Justice Department decided to take a much more aggressive stance in its investigation of any potential anti-trust violations. According to our financial scouts, despite analysts' negative market forecasts, Canadian cannabis stocks could still continue their recent rise. With this in mind, they predict share price increases for Canopy Growth (CGC), Aurora Cannabis (ACB) and Tilray (TLRY) to $27.00, $6-6.50 and $33.00 respectively. Meanwhile, they see Cronos (CRON) up to $12-12.50, with Aphria (APHA) also rising to reach the $7-7.50 mark.

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European investors to take cue from positive Brexit developments
European investors are expected to remain optimistic over the short to medium term in light of the recent good news regarding the potential outcome of Brexit. Their confidence in the potential to avoid a no deal British departure from the EU has grown amid reports that Northern Ireland's biggest party is finally prepared to make some concessions to the European Union. Although the claims were quickly denied, this was nevertheless interpreted as a signal that there is still some hope of a UK-EU agreement.
Elsewhere, investors are anticipating a positive outcome from the October US-China trade talks, which they believe will finally bring about some sort of deal between the superpowers. And this optimism would appear justified following a fresh relaxation of trade policy from both sides. US President Donald Trump has already announced his willingness to consider a temporary trade agreement with China covering a wide scope of goods.
Trump's comments came after China announced that it was exempting several categories of agricultural products (including soy beans and pork) from the list of US goods subject to tariffs.
The markets received another boost in the form of a sharp uptick in oil prices. Global oil prices were up markedly following a drone attack on infrastructure belonging to KSA oil and gas company Saudi Aramco.
Meanwhile, the ongoing political turmoil in Hong Kong will likely restrain European investors from stronger market activity amid fresh clashes between protesters and their opponents.


 

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