At first glance, it looks like it could be trouble for Lexaria Bioscience Corp (OTCMKTS:LXRP). That is, on Wednesday, the nation’s Drug Enforcement Agency brought clarity to a rule that had been up in the air since 2011. That is, in short, the DEA’s position on all cannabis extracts, including CBD oil, is that they are all federally illegal Schedule I substances.
From a legal and logical standpoint based just on the DEA’s language published in the Federal Register yesterday, that puts Lexaria Bioscience in jeopardy. Lexaria has developed a way to improve the body’s absorption of hemp oil — which is deliberately high in cannabidiol/CBD — which was perfectly legal and legitimate since THC percentage in hemp (0.3%or less) are technically legal. Now the federal government’s drug-enforcement arm says that’s not the case. The newly-clarified law defines the illegal substance as “extracts that have been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis and which contain cannabinols and cannabidiols.” Hemp, even though it’s not marijuana, is of the Cannabis genus.
Bad news for LXRP owners? Not quite, for a handful of reasons.
The decision (which bypassed legislature and overstepped the DEA’s authority, by the way – more on that in a second) is evidence of a long-standing problem the government agency has had in dealing with hemp and cannabis. In simplest terms, the DEA has operated and acted as if it has no real understanding of the difference between hemp and marijuana. They are of the same genus, but not of the same species. Moreover, while the former predominantly contains cannabidiol, the latter is sought out for its high tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) for the purpose of creating a “high.”
Problem (for the DEA): The U.S. judicial system has already ruled that the DEA doesn’t have the authority to make such rules.
Attorney Robert Hoban explained yesterday evening at industry website newcannabisventures.com:
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- [By Matthew DiLallo]
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Already, shale companies such as Encana (ECA) , Occidental Petroleum (OXY) and Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) , among others, are reporting higher cash flows and earnings on higher oil prices. As a result, they are paying down debt, increasing dividends and engaging in buybacks. This is a dramatic improvement in shareholder yield for the group.
Top 5 Oil Stocks To Own For 2019: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
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- [By Matthew DiLallo]
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- [By Tyler Crowe]
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- [By John Bromels]
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With these interesting trends emerging, there’s no doubt that investors are looking at this industry. To help investors start their search for great energy investments, we asked three of our investing contributors to each highlight a stock they see as a great buy now. Here’s why they picked Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP), Brookfield Renewable Partners (NYSE:BEP), and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR).
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It’s in Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP).
Magellan Midstream Partners owns the longest refined petroleum products pipeline system in the country, with access to nearly 50% of the nation’s refining capacity and the ability to store more than 100 million barrels of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel and crude oil.
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- [By Max Byerly]
Sheaff Brock Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Whiting Petroleum Co. (NYSE:WLL) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm purchased 14,439 shares of the oil and gas exploration company’s stock, valued at approximately $489,000.
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ValuEngine upgraded shares of Transocean (NYSE:RIG) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Wednesday morning.
Several other research firms have also recently issued reports on RIG. Bank of America increased their price objective on Transocean from $12.00 to $13.00 and gave the stock a neutral rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 18th. Citigroup increased their price objective on Transocean from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, April 30th. Susquehanna Bancshares set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Cowen set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Piper Jaffray set a $11.00 price objective on Transocean and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Eight investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $11.79.
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Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (NYSE: PIR) fell 17.4 percent to $2.86 in pre-market trading after reporting a fourth quarter sales miss. Comps were down 7.5 percent in the quarter.
Sleep Number Corporation (NASDAQ: SNBR) fell 12.4 percent to $32.00 in pre-market trading following a first quarter earnings miss.
Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTK) fell 10.2 percent to $11.90 in pre-market trading on news of $125 million convertible debt offering.
Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: MACK) shares fell 8 percent to $8.02 in pre-market trading after dropping 2.02 percent on Wednesday.
Exponent, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPO) shares fell 5.6 percent to $80 in pre-market trading.
Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares fell 4.8 percent to $60.00 in pre-market trading after rising 1.78 percent on Wednesday.
vTv Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: VTVT) fell 4.6 percent to $2.10 in pre-market trading after surging 84.87 percent on Wednesday.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (NYSE: TSM) shares fell 4.5 percent to $40.07 in pre-market trading after the company reported Q1 results.
Align Technology, Inc.. (NASDAQ: ALGN) fell 3.5 percent to $267.40 in pre-market trading after rising 1.61 percent on Wednesday.
Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) shares fell 3.5 percent to $12 in pre-market trading after the company issued quarterly fleet status report.
GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) fell 3.2 percent to $4.90 in pre-market trading.
Unilever PLC (NYSE: UL) fell 2.6 percent to $54.73 in pre-market
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