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Marijuana company Tilray, which IPO'd in July at $17 per share, had a truly wild stock-market ride on Wednesday, one day after announcing that it's being allowed to import marijuana from Canada into the U.S. for clinical trials.

Why it matters: Tilray is the only pure-play marijuana company traded in New York (the others are all in Toronto), and has become a speculative vehicle, with a valuation divorced from any conceivable reality.

The big picture: Tilray currently has a market capitalization in the $20 billion range, although it's anybody's guess where it will trade today, or tomorrow. It has $54 million of assets, $17 million in negative free cashflow, and its main product is a highly-taxed commodity with ultra-thin margins and chronic oversupply.

Still, it's a day-trader's delight. On Tuesday, Tilray closed at $155 per share. On Wednesday, it rose as high as $300 per share, before falling by $37 per share within two minutes.

That was enough to get Tilray halted for extreme volatility. When it reopened, it immediately fell another $37, bounced around, got halted again, fell further, got halted a third time, and fell even more — to a low of $151 per share — before rallying by $66 in four minutes to close at $218, up about 40% on the day.

  • Total volume was just shy of $7 billion, with more than 31 million shares trading hands. (The free float, or number of shares available to trade, is less than 18 million shares.)

Be smart: The wisdom of crowds does not apply to cannabis company market capitalizations. What you're seeing here is something between a bubble and a random number generator. Touch these stocks only if you love to gamble.

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Why it matters: If Trump aimed to make the debate as chaotic as possible with a torrent of disruptions, he succeeded. Pundits struggled to make sense of what they saw, and it's tough to imagine that the American people were able to either.

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Why it matters: Trump has repeatedly been accused of failing to condemn white nationalism and right-wing violence, despite the FBI's assessment that it's the most significant domestic terrorism threat that the country faces. The president has frequently associated antifa and the left-wing violence that has afflicted some U.S. cities with Biden, despite his condemnation of violent protests.

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The first Trump v. Biden presidential debate was a hot mess

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This debate was like the country: Everybody’s talking. Nobody’s listening. Nothing is learned. It’s a mess.

  • We were told President Trump would be savage. Turned out, that was a gross understatement. Even the moderator, Fox News' Chris Wallace, got bulldozed.

Why it matters: Honestly, who the hell knows?

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