** New deals help U.S.-listed shares of Aphria and Aurora Cannabis buck the dip in cannabis stocks
** Aphria up 2.7 pct premarket after announcing a deal with Manna Molecular Science to make cannabis transdermal patches
** Aurora up 1.1 pct on deal to buy a 51 pct ownership stake in Portugal-based Gaia Pharm Lda to build a local facility
** Tilray flat premarket, while Cronos Group is down 1.7 pct and Canopy Growth is off 0.6 pct
** Cronos had slumped 7.6 pct on Monday after Jefferies rated it “underperform”, while giving a bullish view on the rest of the sector (Reporting by Savio D’Souza)
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