Cannabis Option Traders Find Their ‘Stash’…Again

Cannabis Unusual Option Activity Report

After getting the post-election boost from the pro-cannabis bills passing, the momentum began to lag. As the price is currently flagging, the options market appears to be finding renewed optimism in the near-term prospects of the industry. You could say that these traders have, once again, found their “stash.”

The two companies in this industry that have been the most popular targets for option traders is Canopy Growth Corp (Nasdaq: CGC) and Tilray Inc (Nasdaq: TLRY). Over the past couple of months, there have been two other times that this type of activity popped up, and that was on October 5 and November 6. Both of those occurrences I wrote about for the blog.

If you missed some of my previous posts on the industry, feel free to check out my other posts here and here.

Cannabis Option Activity

For both of these cannabis stocks, the expiration was for this week. Normally, I would like to see a little more time, but that may materialize in the coming days. This is the earliest indication of a potential near-term bullish move. Here is a breakdown of the cannabis option activity:

  • CGC—2,300 18 DEC 20 $27 calls mostly BOT @ $0.21 to $0.39
  • TLRY—8,500 18 DEC 20 $7.50 calls mostly BOT @ $0.20 to $0.41

The option activity on CGC is about 1.7 times the average with call option volume over 1.8 times the average. The put-to-call ratio is at 0.153. This is significant call option volume with 40% of the volume getting filled at the ask.

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The option activity on TLRY is over 2.3 times the average with call option volume nearly 2.6 times the average. The put-to-call ratio is at 0.109, with over half of the call option activity getting filled at the ask.

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Cannabis Technicals

Let’s take a closer look at the charts of these cannabis stocks and the near-term potential.

CGC Chart

The price of CGC has recently begun pulling back after a nice run off of the October low. The price formed an ascending triangle in mid-October and then a pennant formation in early November. When the price plateaued near $29.50, it broke its trendline with it began to retrace this past week. Today, the price is testing the 61.8% retracement of the late-November move and is forming a piercing line. This is a bullish candle formation. The near-term potential is a retest of the high near $29.50 and longer-term potential to $53.

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