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As governments and the private sector shift focus on the medicinal benefits of cannabis-derived drugs, many cannabis companies expect more favourable legal changes, which may ultimately provide a further boost to the industry.
The SPDR Utilities ETF (XLU) is up 2.5 percent in the last week, while the broader S&P 500 is down almost 2 percent. Aside from real-estate investment trusts, utilities are the only major sector with a positive return over that time frame.
First, prominent members of the opposing Democratic party are voicing support. That includes both Nancy Pelosi in the House of Representatives and Charles Schumer in the Senate. Wall Street bigwigs Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein, both Democrats, agree.
The biggest decliner in the S&P 500 today, for instance, was Mylan (MYL). Disappointing results, manufacturing problems and weak demand hammered the drug maker 24 percent. That was its worst decline in at least a decade
The NYSE FANG+ index ($NYFANG)
is up 2.7 percent in afternoon trading, its biggest gain since late January. That’s driving a big rally in the Nasdaq-100. Meanwhile the Nasdaq-100’s volatility index ($VXN.X) is crashing as fear leaves the market.