Cannabis companies have seen their share prices rise significantly this year as U.S. lawmakers look set to tackle federal marijuana reform measures.
What Happened: Shares of Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY) have gained over 250% since the start of January. Traders and investors could be wondering if this is the beginning of a second big short squeeze for the cannabis cultivator.
Why It Matters: In the three months after it went public in June 2018, Tilray share prices shot up over 1,400% reaching $300 per share in September of that year after short sellers were forced to cover their positions due to its tight float structure and lack of shares available for purchase.
At the time, short interest on Tilray sat at about 33%. Although share prices of Tilray have risen sharply over the last five weeks, the short interest is sitting much higher at approximately 51%.
This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the online trading communities, which have recently targeted Tilray in much the same way they drove up the share prices of companies such as GameStop Corporation (NYSE:GME) and AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (NYSE:AMC) — two other stocks with high levels of short interest.
What’s Next: After peaking in 2018, shares of Tilray quickly fell after investors glimpsed into the company’s fundamentals and were unable to justify its value.
Its situation has changed over the last year, however, and investors have regained interest in the company.
Although retail investors can take the credit for Tilray’s last big squeeze, the next one could be brought on by institutional investors who might hop on board if banks gain the ability to access cannabis companies through the passage of the MORE Act.
TLRY Price Action: The stock closed Monday’s session up 16.9% at $30.09.
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