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Blockchain Firm’s Canadian Pharmacy Deal Puts Cannabis Stocks in Play

1 hour 9 minutes ago

By CCN Markets: Canada’s largest chain of pharmacies announced a big partnership at the World Cannabis Congress on Monday. Shoppers Drug Mart will be working with TruTrace Technologies (until recently known as BlockStrain) to bring blockchain-based verification to the medicinal marijuana market. If successful, it could help power cannabis stocks higher as more doctors become comfortable with prescribing the drug. For interested investors, TruTrace’s stock trades as symbol “TTT” on the Canadian stock exchange. Shoppers Drug Mart operates roughly 1,300 pharmacies in Canada and already sells various products containing marijuana. It hopes to make doctors and patients feel more secure.

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Ian Bezek

Zuckerberg Pal Doubles Down on Facebook CEO Having Too Much Power

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By CCN Markets: Give Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes a lot of credit. He not only has made comments that could make him less wealthy, but he’s also doubled down on them. Specifically, Chris Hughes believes that his “friend” Mark Zuckerberg has too much control over speech. Zuckerberg Is a Scary Master of the Universe In a May op-ed in the New York Times, Chris Hughes wrote: “The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark’s unilateral control over speech. There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people.” Chris Hughes is

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Lawrence Meyers

Ripple Announces Game-Changing Partnership With MoneyGram

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By CCN Markets: Ripple announced a partnership with money transfer giant MoneyGram today. Two Year Exclusive Agreement, Ripple and MoneyGram According to Ripple Labs, a two-year partnership has been struck with MoneyGram which makes Ripple its exclusive digital assets partner. The purview of Ripple’s use case here might be more limited than expected. It depends on how many of the transactions are sent and received using Ripple’s technology and how much they’re worth. Whatever the case, the partnership doesn’t, for example, mean that you’ll be able to buy and sell XRP at any MoneyGram location. Something along those lines would

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P. H. Madore

Bitcoin Leaves Other Asset Classes in Dust as Market Stars Align

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By CCN Markets: Investors who are not generating returns in 2019 are clearly looking in the wrong place. Considering bitcoin claimed a fresh 2019 high to nearly $9,400 over the weekend, other asset classes have a hard act to follow. Gains across the stock market and commodities including oil and precious metals such as gold pale in comparison to bitcoin’s, and investors must be kicking themselves for not recognizing the opportunity in crypto. There’s no shortage of explanations as to what is fueling bitcoin’s rise, ranging from the U.S./China trade war to Facebook’s new stablecoin to the Federal Reserve. The

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Gerelyn Terzo

Dow Holds Tepid Gains as Fed Eyes First Rate Cut in 11 Years

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  By CCN Markets: The Dow and broader U.S. stock market rose on Monday, as investors shifted focus to a high-profile central-bank meeting that could lay the groundwork for the first interest rate cut in more than a decade. Dow Holds Gains; S&P 500, Nasdaq Follow All of Wall Street’s major indexes reported gains on Monday, reflecting a positive pre-market for Dow futures. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 22.92 points, or 0.1%, to 26,112.53. The broad S&P 500 Index of large-cap stocks gained 0.1% to 2,889.67. Six of 11 primary sectors reported gains, led by communication services. The sector

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Sam Bourgi