Why Did Cannabis Stocks Go up in Smoke on Monday?

Cannabis stocks continue to trade at or near 52-week lows, but the question is, how temporary is this situation? And can investors ride the wave?

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Cannabis stocks have fallen.

Cannabis stocks posted huge losses on Monday, as shares of multiple companies fell around 10% or lower in early trading. This comes as the TSX today posted losses as well, as stocks across the board fell.

What happened?

The drop in cannabis stocks comes likely from a combination of the drop in the market, along with incoming earnings reports. And that leads to many believing certain cannabis companies will be due for a fall — some more than others.

Three earnings reports coming up include Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) and Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB)(NYSE:ACB). Both should announce earnings in the next week or so, and it’s likely the cannabis stocks will be quite hurt. This comes from both the decrease in production and the pandemic slowing down sales.

But they weren’t alone. HEXO, Charlotte Web Holdings, and Fire & Flower Holdings all dropped more than 10% as well on Monday. Hexo, Aurora, and Canopy all reached 52-week lows.

So what?

What Motley Fool investors will wonder is whether this is a temporary situation or not. The answer is a very annoying yes and no. On the one hand, it’s quite likely that these companies will report huge losses during the next earnings reports. Canopy and Aurora cannabis stock earnings are due out around Feb. 9. The others won’t come out until March in some cases.

When reports come in, shares may indeed fall further, which could seriously hurt cannabis stocks across the board at time when the market is volatile. But there is some light at the end of this dark tunnel that we’ve been travelling through for the last three years.

Now what?

The situation for cannabis stocks is indeed temporary when you look at the big picture. What it will come down to, as always, is legalization in the United States. Any hope for a recovery in 2022 will lie with the U.S., which would be the world’s largest consumer of cannabis products. However, a step forward could simply be federal decriminalization, promised during President Joe Biden’s campaign.

Meanwhile, there is hope in Canada. One of the largest consumers of cannabis in the country is in Ontario, where edibles continue to be sold out again and again. This has proven to be a major revenue holder. And it’s something all of these companies have a piece of.

However, supply still doesn’t match all this demand, and the pandemic continues to weigh on the industry. The rules are complicated, there are too many options, and no one is sure when the U.S. will get on board.

But for cannabis stocks, this isn’t a “if” but a “when.” So, if you’re patient enough to ride through this volatility, it might be a great time to pick up any of these cannabis stocks trading at or near 52-week lows.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Amy Legate-Wolfe owns Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth Corp, and HEXO Corp. The Motley Fool recommends Charlotte's Web Holdings and HEXO Corp.

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