September 19, 2018 will be a day remembered for a long time. There’s so much story behind the celebrity stock TLRY- weed, speculation that medical companies need to hedge their position in the chance of legalization, a 400% 3 month return, a 1 day 94% gain, to a loss in mere minutes, several halts due to volatility. This is 10x more exciting than any cliche stock-trading movie on Netflix.
High flying stocks are so hard to short because as this case study on TLRY shows, there can be up to 7 buyers that can squeeze this stock to new highs.
The low float allows for price manipulation, and allows for the tape to be dictated by emotion. People see a chart, I see a game of poker. And each rally, gap open, gap down, is like one card being flipped at a time. So far the bulls are holding 3 aces, but the bears have 3 hearts… two more hearts and TLRY, which is trading at hysteria levels, will have the rug pulled out from below, and all the orders to buy will vanish.
An epic and once in a lifetime rally, creates an epic and once in a lifetime fade. Bears keep playing this guessing game in TLRY sending it higher and higher, but even short sellers eventually hit capitulation, and that is usually the time to sell.
As always, I like to keep an eye on intraday lows, and use those as pivot points to short. So 160 is the bottom of the channel and 230 is the top. A break on any of these points will trigger another strong move.
My take? Since its greed all over it, I’m leaning on the bearish side. At the very least, now is not the time to be holding longs. Not even a trailing stop is useful as we have seen the stock being halted must have wiped out deep stops.