During the last month, the psychedelic sector has come under pressure and has traded lower with the overall market. Over the period of this time, high-risk asset classes have been under the most pressure and psychedelic stocks have not been immune to this.
To better understand the recent performance of the psychedelic sector, we want to highlight two exchange traded funds (ETFs) that act of a barometer of sorts for the performance of the sector and believe our readers should be aware of these funds.
AdvisorShares Psychedelics ETF (NYSE: PSIL) is a non-diversified actively managed ETF that has at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in securities of companies that derive at least 50% of their net revenue from or devote 50% of their assets to psychedelic drugs. The fund primarily invests in publicly listed life sciences companies which are focused on psychedelic medicines as well as operators which are levered to some part of the psychedelic sector.
PSYK ETF (NYSE: PSYK) is a non-diversified ETF which uses a passive management (or indexing) approach to track the performance of the index. Earlier this year, the ETF commenced trading on the NYSE and the rules-based index was developed to track the performance of a portfolio of companies which have a business activity in the fields of psychedelic treatment that is used to address medical conditions.
So far this year, AdvisorShares Psychedelics ETF has lost almost 30% of its value while PSYK ETF has lost more than 50% of its value. During the last month, the ETFs fell approx. 13% and 30%, respectively (performance is as of September 28th). We plan to monitor how the sector performs in the last calendar quarter of the year and plan to use the ETFs as barometers for its performance.
After we analyze the performance of ETFs that are levered to the psychedelics sector, we conduct a deeper dive on the sector to better understand how top-tier operators have performed in comparison to the funds. Some of the operators we follow include (performance is as of September 28th):
- Compass Pathways (Nasdaq: CMPS) -Down 31% in the last month and 45% this year
- MindMed (Nasdaq: MNMD) – Down approx. 52% in the last month and 72% this year
- Numinus Wellness (TSX: NUMI) – Down 25% in the last month and 52% this year
Although the psychedelic sector seems to be unable to find a bottom, we believe sentiment is nearing an inflection point. Over the next year, we expect leading psychedelic biotech firms to report data from advanced FDA clinical trials. We believe that positive data would serve as a major catalyst for the sector and consider the possibility to be priced out of the market.
We expect positive clinical trial data from leading psychedelic biotech firms to be the catalyst the sector needs to bounce back and believe it would improve investor sentiment for all companies in it. If you are interested in learning about psychedelic companies that should benefit from the trend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Psychedelic Stocks” to be added to our distribution list.
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