German retail investors catch Cannabis trading frenzy

MILAN, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Cannabis stocks were among the most traded by German retail investors on Thursday, signalling that a buying frenzy that has lit up the sector was spreading beyond its American home base.

Tilray was the most traded stock on German trading platform Lang & Schwarz with over 2 million euros ($2.4 million) in turnover changing hands by 0927 GMT, well ahead of the local heavyweights Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank .

Other pot stocks Sundial Growers and Aurora Cannabis also featured among the buzzy stocks on the platform, reflecting high interest from retail investors, traders said.

“It’s the Reddit army and friends,” said Stefan de Schutter, portfolio manager and Alpha Trading in Frankfurt.

Interest in those stocks got a big boost this week after users on the popular WallStreetBets forum on Reddit turned their focus on the sector on expectations of lighter regulation under U.S. president Joe Biden’s administration.

Shares of Tilray jumped more than 50% on Wall Street on Wednesday, while in Toronto Sundial and Aurora jumped 78% and 21% respectively.

Swaggystocks, which aggregates sentiment on shares talked about in the WallStreetBets forum, showed Sundial and Tilray were most upvoted, or highly touted, stocks in the group which has around 8 million participants.

Frankfurt-listed Tilray and Sundial shares were up 23% and 54% respectively.

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