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Tilray and BlackBerry heading in opposite directions



Shares in BlackBerry are on the rise today, spurred by news of a promising partnership. The tech company revealed plans to collaborate with chip-maker AMD on a new robotics venture, announced at a trade show in Germany. This development marks a significant shift for BlackBerry, which has been navigating its way forward following its decline from smartphone prominence.


Currently, BlackBerry has found a foothold in the automotive sector with its QNX technology, while cybersecurity remains a primary revenue stream. Additionally, the company has been exploring opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT), considering spinning off this unit into a separate entity. The decision to leverage QNX technology for a venture into robotics aligns with these strategic moves, presenting a potentially lucrative avenue for growth.


Investors have responded positively to the news, driving BlackBerry shares up by five percent in premarket trading. Despite this uptick, it only marginally offsets the 18 percent decline the shares have experienced thus far this year.


In stark contrast, cannabis company Tilray is facing a challenging day on the market following the release of disappointing quarterly results. Despite reporting revenue of over US$188 million, marking nearly a 30 percent increase from the previous year, the figure fell short of analysts' expectations of $198 million.


Although Tilray's alcohol division saw a doubling of sales, reaching over $54 million, the company still posted a loss of 12 cents per share for the quarter. While this is an improvement from the previous year's loss of $1.90 per share, it surpasses the anticipated five cent loss forecasted by analysts. Furthermore, Tilray continues to burn through cash, with a 24 percent increase in cash usage compared to the previous year.


Consequently, Tilray shares plummeted by 18 percent in premarket trading, reflecting investor disappointment with the company's financial performance.


Looking ahead, significant developments are anticipated in the realm of inflation and interest rates in both the U.S. and Canada. The Bank of Canada is poised to announce its latest interest rate decision, with expectations leaning towards the possibility of a rate cut amid subdued inflation and unexpected job losses.


Conversely, the U.S. economy appears robust, with core inflation expected to rise further. This has led to a revision of expectations regarding potential rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, with markets now pricing in fewer cuts than previously anticipated.


These shifting expectations are evident in the bond market, where yields on U.S. government debt have climbed to levels not seen since November. The divergence in economic outlooks between Canada and the U.S. is shaping market sentiment and influencing investment strategies.


In other news, Tesla, the electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, experienced a decline in quarterly sales, sparking concerns among shareholders. Analysts attribute this downturn to challenges in increasing sales amidst a higher interest rate environment. However, optimism persists regarding the company's future prospects, particularly with the anticipated launch of its "robotaxi" functionality later this year.


As market dynamics evolve, investors continue to assess opportunities and risks across various sectors, with developments in technology, cannabis, and monetary policy shaping market sentiment.


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