The Fenix Gold Project
Source: Mining Technology.

The early weeks of 2023 saw a rally that gave a nice bump for stocks, but markets have struggled for that next “leg up” in recent trading sessions.

An inflation report out this week on U.S. consumer prices showed the smallest annual price increase since late 2021. Though fresh retail sales smashed estimates last month, worries simmer over consumption and consumer prices, which may keep the Federal Reserve on a hawkish track. Traders want to know if these economic developments could impact future interest rate hikes.

Investors already face more expensive valuations, an uncertain economic backdrop, and a weak earnings outlook. This development represents a turnaround from the beginning of the session when negative sentiment weighed more heavily on investors.

Aside from NORAD’s war versus UFOs, the big story in the news has been the devastating earthquake in Turkey in Syria. The impact of which has had an effect on many companies operating there.

Trillion Energy Inc. (CSE:TCFForum) is now drilling the West Akcakoca 1 Well’s lateral section at the South Akcakoca Sub-Basin (SASB) gas field.

The Calgary-based, Turkey-focused company has transferred its rig to West Akcakoca 1 to remain productive following minor equipment delays for perforation and flow testing of Guluc 2 – the third well in the multi-well SASB program – due to Turkey’s devastating earthquakes.

After West Akcakoca 1 is drilled to total depth, both wells will be perforated for production.

A recent report from Statista projected that the cannabis market will see US$47.2 billion in revenue this year. This was welcome news for investors and the business as a whole, especially for producers like HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXOForum), who recently expanded its straight-edge pre-roll production capacity.

The company will also launch a unique proprietary inhalation technology, aiming to improve the cannabis experience.

The development allows HEXO to increase its straight-edge pre-roll production capacity. It will accelerate the delivery of its popular Redecan Redees products, including the new TnT cannabis strain series. It also expands HEXO’s Original Stash brand to address rising consumer demand.

The Redecan Redees straight-edge pre-roll is HEXO’s premium pre-roll product. It will now also feature a unique inhalation technology, which was developed through comprehensive consumer research and feedback.

HEXO’s flagship Redecan Redees brand is launching several TnT strains throughout the year. It includes Warlock, Gluberry and Animal Rntz, along with a new 2:1 CBD: THC-balanced product, CBD Kush. The brand will also continue to feature the Cold Creek Kush Redees and WappaRedees.

The company’s Original Stash line will launch its own straight-edge pre-rolls. It will feature the line’s popular Atomik Sour Haze and Powdered Donuts.

From layoffs to volatile valuations, even though it has been a brutal start to the year for the tech sector, signs on the horizon indicate better days may be ahead.

If the U.S. Federal Reserve tones down its aggressive rate hikes and the overall financial picture improves, many analysts have been quick to point out that the tech sector often moves upward in sync with financial conditions.

A long-time favourite of the tech Bullboards, Datametrex AI Ltd. (TSXV:DMForum) has had a busy week.

Its platform, AnalyticsGPT (Analytics Generative Pre-Trained Transformer) is out to enhance mental health screening and analysis. A more advanced version of its NexaSMART and NexaIntelligence products under its Nexalogy team, AnalyticsGPT aims to make Nexalogy’s AI mental health screening and analysis tool more straightforward to use and more accessible for the public while still being able to serve government organizations. NexaSMART reduces the time needed to interpret and integrate large data sets by offering powerful automated analyses.

Incorporating the technology with Nexalogy’s AI screening tool will increase its current data analytics capabilities and greatly improve its results. According to Datametrex, it remains dedicated to providing innovative solutions to help prevent mental health problems.

The public will get its first look at the Analytics GPT software and its capabilities during a demo launch and webinar coming later this month.

Analytics GPT uses advanced AI algorithms to analyze text and speech patterns in real-time and is a more advanced version of both NexaSMART and NexaIntelligence products.

We have a long weekend for American markets coming up and for many Canadians, which should give us a bit of a breather in terms of massive market shakeups. However, it also gives us an extra day to reflect, think, and generate new discussions on hot investment sectors on the Bullboards.

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