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With Biden heading to the White House, cannabis stocks are picking up a good deal of momentum including Aurora Cannabis (ACB).  In addition, Biden’s pick for health and human services secretary, Xavier Becerra, who supports legalization.

“Just as we allow alcohol to be sold, we’ve come into the 21st century and announced that it’s better to regulate MJ than criminalize it. The federal government has to catch up and get into the 21st century, first. Secondly, we have to make sure the federal government is helping us, not hindering us, when it comes to coming up with a good way to regulate it,” he once said, as quoted by Marijuana Moment.

In addition, the stock just broke above double top resistance at $11.30.  It’s. now moving on to challenge $14.48 potentially.  If it can, ACB could see a test of $19.68 last seen in May 2020.  

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The stock market was weak throughout Friday’s session as Wall Street “sold the new” following details of President-elect Biden’s $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan.” Despite control of the executive and legislative branches of government, there is to be some uncertainty over the prospect that the full package will make it through Congress.
 
The losses capped an overall down week for the major indexes, with the small-caps escaping the damage as traders took profits and of the three-day weekend as the market was closed on Monday.
 
The Russell 2000 tested a opening low of 2,102 before ending at 2,123 (-1.5%). Near-term and upper support at 2,100-2,080 was challenged but held. A close below the latter would signal a deeper backtest towards 2,070-2,050.

The Nasdaq settled at 12,998 (-0.9%) following the morning fade to 12,949. Current and upper support at 13,000-12,900 was breached and failed to held. A move below the latter would signal a further retest towards 12,800-12,700.

The S&P 500 finished at 3,768 (-0.7%) with the first half low tapping 3,749. Near-term and upper support at 3,750-3,725 was tripped but held. A close below the latter would suggest additional weakness towards 3,725-3,700.

The Dow closed at 30,814 (-0.6%) after tagging a low of 30,612. New and upper support 30,750-30,500 was breached but held. A move below the latter would indicate further weakness towards 30,250-30,000.

For the week, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 sank -1.5%. The Dow was down -0.9% while the Russell 2000 gained 1.5%.

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HP Enterprise (HPE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Snap (SNAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson

3D Systems (DDD) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JetBlue (JBLU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Vertical Research with
Spotify (SPOT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi

TUESDAY’S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Before the open:  Bank of America Corp. (BAC), Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), Comerica, Inc. (CMA), Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS), Halliburton Company (HAL), Mercantile Bank Corporation (MBWM), Old National Bancorp (ONB), PetMed Express Inc. (PETS), State Street Corp. (STT)

After the close: F.N.B. Corporation (FNB), Fulton Financial Corp. (FULT), Interactive Brokers Group Inc. (IBKR), J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT), Mission Produce (AVO), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), Pinnacle Financial Partners, Inc (PNFP), (SmartFinancial, Inc. (SMBK), United Community Banks Inc. (UCBI), Zions Bancorporation (ZION)

TUESDAY’S ECONOMIC NEWS

Redbook - 8:55am
FHFA House Price Index - 9:00am
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index -
10:00am

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,829.90 an ounce,  down $21.50
Silver settled at $24.87 an ounce, down $0.93
Copper finished at $3.60 a pound, down $0.06
Crude Oil was at $52.04 a barrel, down $1.56
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $39.34 down $4.19

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Accolade, a health care technology company that helps employees navigate their medical plans, is buying telemedicine start-up 2nd.MD to bolster its ability to provide users with second opinions, CNBC has learned exclusively.

Accolade is close to announcing the acquisition of Houston-based Innovation Specialists, parent company of 2nd.MD, for about $460 million, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The transaction will be half in cash and the rest in Accolade shares, a portion of which is contingent on revenue targets, and will close next month, said the people, who declined to be identified speaking about the deal.

The move is said to nearly double Accolade’s addressable market to about $46 billion by giving the company a provider of expert medical opinions from a network of U.S. doctors. Founded in 2011, 2nd.MD automates the process of getting second opinions so they happen within days over video or telephone, rather than taking weeks to schedule as is more typical.

“At a critical moment in someone’s health care journey, when you’re making a decision about whether to get a surgery or undertake a particular treatment, often you’re looking for expert guidance,” Accolade CEO Raj Singh said this week in a Zoom interview.

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“2nd.MD will take your medical records and provide them to a network of physicians who specialize in those disease categories, and those physicians will do a video consultation to give you another opinion about what the right next step is,” he said.

The start-up has 300 corporate customers with more than seven million employees and about $35 million in revenue last year, according to documents viewed by CNBC. Singh said that he plans on incorporating 2nd.MD into his company’s products, as well as offering it on a standalone basis.

Just as the digitization of finance has attracted billions of dollars in investment and a flurry of M&A activity, the nascent health tech field has seen a surge in interest during the coronavirus pandemicDigital health start-ups around the world attracted an estimated $24.1 billion in venture capital funding in 2020, 29% higher than the previous year and hitting a record in the third quarter, according to CB Insights.

“How consumers access care and how they want to make decisions about care, all of that is changing, driven by a healthcare system that’s under enormous stress,” Singh said. “You are clearly seeing more opportunities for consolidation in this space.”

Accolade, which went public in July, counts CNBC parent Comcast as both a major customer and an investor. Seattle-based Accolade was advised by Goldman Sachs in the deal.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/14/healthtech-firm-accolade-is-buying-telemedicine-start-up-2ndmd-for-460-million-sources-say.html

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The stock market closed mostly lower on Thursday and ahead of President-elect Biden’s announcement after the close on his economic stimulus plans. The major indexes did tap fresh record highs, excluding the S&P 500, with the stimulus package expected to be around $2 trillion. However, the last hour of selling pressure erased much of the gains, excluding the small-caps, as traders also prepared for Friday’s earnings update from the banks ahead of the opening bell.
 
The Russell 2000 tapped an afternoon all-time high of 2,164 before closing at 2,155 (+2.1%). Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 2,160-2,180 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would indicate additional upside towards 2,200-2,220.
 
The Nasdaq tested a morning and lifetime peak of 13,220 while finishing at 13,112 (-0.1%). Fresh and lower resistance at 13,200-13,300 was breached but held. A move above the latter would suggest additional strength towards 13,400-13,500.
 
The Dow settled at 30,991 (-0.2%) after trading to a record high of 31,223. New and lower resistance at 31,200-31,250 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would suggest further upside towards 31,500-31,750.
 
The S&P 500 traded to an intraday high of 3,823 before ending lower at 3,795 (-0.04%). Key resistance at 3,825 was challenged but held. A close above this level and the recent all-time high of 3,826 would signal additional momentum towards 3,850-3,875.

 

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ANALYST UPGRADES/DOWNGRADES

Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank
Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
Shopify (SHOP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer

Delta Air Lines (DAL) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
FuelCell (FCEL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Penn National (PENN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Loop Capital

FRIDAY’S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Before the open:  Citigroup (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), PNC Bank (PNC), Wells Fargo (WFC)

After the close: None

FRIDAY’S ECONOMIC NEWS

Producer Price Index - 8:30am
NY Empire State Manufacturing Survey - 8:30am
Industrial Production - 9:15am
Consumer Sentiment - 10:00am
Baker-Hughes Rig Count -
1:00pm

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $,1851.40 an ounce,  down $3.50
Silver settled at $25.80 an ounce, up $0.23
Copper finished at $3.66 a pound, up $0.04
Crude Oil was at $53.60 a barrel, up $0.74
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $43.53 up $3.18

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Plug Power (PLUG) is exploding to all-time highs.

Over the last few weeks, the stock ran from a low of 15 to $66.    And it could run even higher.  All as demand for green hydrogen picks up momentum.

Better, Goldman Sachs is already calling green hydrogen a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Barron’s.  The firm also notes the addressable market could be worth up to $11.7 trillion in the next 30 years with the U.S., Asia, and Europe leading the way.

Helping, French automaker Renault just signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a 50-50 venture with Plug Power in France by the end of 2021.  They’ll target over 30% share of the fuel-cell powered light commercial vehicle market in Europe, says MarketWatch.  

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The stock market closed mixed on Wednesday and ahead the House vote to impeach President Trump for the second time. The ongoing political drama comes ahead of President-elect Biden’s administration stimulus proposals and the promise of the vaccine to allow a return to normal activities in the second half of this year.
 
The Nasdaq traded to an intraday high of 13,171 while closing at 13,128 (+0.4%). Current and lower resistance at 13,100-13,225 was cleared and held. A close above the latter and the all-time high at 13,208 would indicate additional strength towards 13,250-13,375.
 
The S&P 500 tested a morning peak of 3,820 before finishing at 3,809 (+0.04%). Near-term and lower resistance at 3,825-3,850 was challenged but held. A close above the latter and the recent all-time high of 3,826 would signal additional momentum towards 3,875-3,900.
 
The Dow ended at 31,060 (-0.03%) despite trading to a high of 31,153. Near-term and lower resistance at 31,100-31,300 was cleared but held. A close above the latter and the recent peak at 31,193 would suggest further upside towards 31,500-31,700.
 
The Russell 2000 kissed a morning all-time high of 2,130 before closing lower at 2,111 (-0.8%). Fresh and lower resistance at 2,130-2,150 was cleared but held. A close above the latter would indicate additional upside towards 2,160-2,180.

 

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ANALYST UPGRADES/DOWNGRADES

Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners
Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies

Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Wells Fargo
Palantir (PLTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi,
Take-Two (TTWO) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc

THURSDAY’S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Before the open:  Aphria (APHA), BlackRock (BLK), Delta Air Lines (DAL), First Republic Bank (FRC), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM)

After the close: Progress Software (PRGS)

THURSDAY’S ECONOMIC NEWS

Jobless Claims - 8:30am
Import and Export Prices -
8:30am

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,854.90 an ounce,  up $10.70
Silver settled at $25.57 an ounce, up $0.14
Copper finished at $3.62 a pound, up $0.01
Crude Oil was at $52.84 a barrel, down $0.64
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $40.35 up $1.43

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Shares of General Motors hit a record high Tuesday after the automaker unveiled an electric delivery van and revealed potential plans to delve into futuristic flying cars.

The Detroit automaker’s stock closed up 6.2% at $47.82 a share, setting a new closing record after hitting an intraday high of $48.95 earlier Tuesday morning. Both the closing and intraday prices were all-time records since the automaker emerged from bankruptcy at the tail end of the Great Recession and started publicly trading again in 2010. The previous highs occurred in October 2017.

GM CEO Mary Barra and other executives discussed the plans as part of the CES technology conference, which is being streamed online this year.

The EV600 electric van is scheduled to go on sale later this year through a new commercial business unit of GM’s called BrightDrop. The division is planning a full portfolio of electric products, not just vehicles, including a delivery pallet that was unveiled Tuesday.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas in a note to investors Tuesday said BrightDrop “represents yet another decisive action in an evolving series of forthcoming actions that position the company to leverage its strengths.”

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GM’s potential foray into “personal air mobility” was announced as part of Cadillac’s portfolio of luxury and EV vehicles. It included an autonomous shuttle and an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, or more commonly known as a flying car or air taxi.

Michael Simcoe, vice president of GM global design, said each concept reflected “the needs and wants of the passengers at a particular moment in time and GM’s vision of the future of transportation.”

“This is a special moment for General Motors as we reimagine the future of personal transportation for the next five years and beyond,” Simcoe said.

The flying vehicle is designed to hold one passenger and travel roughly 56 mph between rooftops and other urban destinations, according to the company. A GM spokeswoman confirmed GM has designed models of both autonomous concepts, but computer renderings were simulated during the presentation. She declined to provide other details.

Despite uncertainties around personal air mobility, Morgan Stanley expects the autonomous urban aircraft market may be worth $1.5 trillion by 2040.

The segment is attracting major investments from the automotive and aviation industries. Fiat Chrysler earlier Tuesday announced a new partnership with air mobility company Archer to help lower costs and accelerate the launch of an eVTOL aircraft. Other companies involved in the segment include Joby, Boeing-backed Wisk and Hyundai Motor.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/12/gm-shares-hit-record-high-on-electric-van-and-flying-car-potential-plans.html

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The stock market traded on both sides of the ledger before closing higher on Tuesday and ahead of a congressional vote on a resolution that calls for Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and removing President Trump from office.
 
The vaccine continues to be rolled out in the U.S. amid ongoing and rising coronavirus cases but the pace in some cities has been slower than anticipated and continues to weigh on sentiment.
 
The Russell 2000 tapped an afternoon all-time high of 2,128 before closing at 2,127 (+1.8%). Unchartered territory and lower resistance at 2,120-2,140 was cleared and held. A close above the latter would indicate additional upside towards 2,160-2,180.
 
The Nasdaq tested a late day peak of 13,105 while finishing at 13,073 (+0.3%). Current and lower resistance at 13,100-13,225 was breached but held. A move above the latter and the lifetime high at 13,208 would suggest additional strength towards 13,250-13,375.
 
The Dow settled at 31,068 (+0.2%) while trading to a record high of 31,114. Near-term and lower resistance at 31,100-31,300 was cleared but held. A close above the latter and the recent peak at 31,193 would suggest further upside towards 31,500-31,700.
 
The S&P 500 traded to an intraday high of 3,810 before ending at 3,801 (+0.04%). Near-term and lower resistance at 3,800-3,825 was recovered. A close above the latter and the recent all-time high of 3,826 would signal additional momentum towards 3,850-3,875.
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Aflac (AFL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Precision Drilling (PDS) double upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James
Xenia Hotels (XHR) upgraded to Outperform on leisure exposure at Raymond James

Commercial Metals (CMC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA
Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Loop Capital

WEDNESDAY’S EARNINGS ANNOUNCEMENTS 
Before the open:  IHS Markit (INFO), Infosys Technologies (INFY), Opsens (OPSSF), Shaw Communications (SJR), Wipro (WIT)

After the close: Volt Information Sciences (VOLT), Washington Federal (WAFD)

WEDNESDAY’S ECONOMIC NEWS

NFIB Small Business Optimism Index - 6:00am
MBA Mortgage Applications - 7:00am
Consumer Price Index -
8:30am

METALS/ OIL
Gold closed at $1,8544.20 an ounce,  down $6.60
Silver settled at $25.43 an ounce, up $0.15
Copper finished at $3.61 a pound, up $0.05
Crude Oil was at $53.50 a barrel, up $1.38
Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) ended at $38.92 up $1.52

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Gene-editing has become one of the top investing buzzwords.

All as gene editing show progress in identifying and potentially curing diseases. 

Plus, according to Ark Investment Management CEO Cathie Wood said, “I would have to say the biggest upside surprises are going to come from the genomic space. That’s because the convergence of DNA editing, artificial intelligence, and gene therapies, importantly CRISPR gene editing, is going to cure disease,” as quoted by The Motley Fool.

Even more impressive, according to Interesting Engineering, “researchers have already identified DNA errors as the cause of nearly 7,000 diseases. Thankfully, the growing world of genome editing could be the ‘spell-checker’ needed to detect and eventually fix these.”

In short, everyone should be excited about the potential here.

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According to Global X, it “seeks to invest in companies that potentially stand to benefit from further advances in the field of genomic science, such as companies involved in gene editing, genomic sequencing, genetic medicine/therapy, computational genomics, and biotechnology.”

 

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