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Canopy Growth's Strong Quarter Lifts Cannabis Sector

Canopy Growth posts a quarterly loss narrower than expected.
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Shares of Canopy Growth  (CGC) - Get Free Report jumped  20% Friday to $23.70 after the Canadian cannabis company reported a narrower-than-expected fiscal third-quarter loss as revenue topped analysts' estimates.

The company reported a net loss of C$124.2 million ($93.8 million), or 35 cents a share, vs. analysts' expectations of a loss of 52 cents. Meanwhile, revenue rose 49% to C$123.76 million ($93.46 million), topping estimates of C$105 million.

"In Q3 we executed across Canada, in our international markets and in our strategic acquisitions to drive revenue growth," said David Klein, the company’s new CEO. "We have a lot of work to do. We are eager to capitalize on the opportunity to create an unassailable position through a tight focus on the consumer and on critical markets”

Canopy Growth said that it is the market leader in Canada’s recreational cannabis market with an estimated 22% share driven by demand for both premium and value-priced dried flower and pre-rolled joints.

Recreational business-to-business sales increased 8% in the quarter while recreational business-to-customer sales increased 16% sequentially thanks to an 11% increase in same-store sales.

The company was also able to lower total operating expenses by 14% sequentially primarily due to a $20 million reduction in general and administrative expenses and a $31 million decrease in stock-based compensation.

Other cannabis stocks were being lifted by the strong quarter from Canopy Growth.

Tilray  (TLRY) - Get Free Report shares jumped 7.2% to $17.35, while Cronos  (CRON) - Get Free Report climbed 9.5% to $7.52, Aurora  (ACB) - Get Free Report gained 8.5% to $1.60, Aphria  (APHA) - Get Free Report rose 8.9% to $4.52 and Hexo undefined rose 5.9% to $1.34.