Why Virgin Galactic Stock broke Monday morning
Galactic Virgo (NYSE: SPCE) The stock climbed 6.5% higher in its opening trading Monday. However, just 15 minutes into the trading day, the stock only rose 2%, and by 10:22 a.m. its gains had evaporated and the stocks were trading roughly flat to. the place where they had closed last week. It seemed investors were eager to respond to news released by the company over the weekend – but on reflection, waiting might be the best bet.
Saturday, Virgin Galactic recalled investors of its next spaceplane test flight, posting a tweet confirming that it has “performed pre-flight checks on SpaceShipTwo Unity’s pen before our next flight.”
To refresh your memory, the flight window for the test in question opens on February 13. In this next attempt, Virgin hopes to demonstrate that she has fixed everything that has kept her previous test flight in December to reach space. Success this time around would set the stage for a second test flight which could take place later this month … then a test flight that would feature company founder Sir Richard Branson as the passenger … and finally, the beginning of advertising. space tourism flights.
Investors and space fans responded with a chorus of cheers on Twitter over the weekend:
Absolutely unreal! No words can describe Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Galactic team! full credit for your accomplishments completely out of this world! Not only for now, but also for the future of our children, congratulations and I can’t wait to see the test flights !!
– Bourne to Plumb ltd (@Bournetoplumb) February 6, 2021
It’s just fantastic and I’m proud to have some stock. I feel like a little piece of the Virgin team. Best wishes for the flight.
– Enrico (@ Enrico10422112) February 6, 2021
But while I sympathize with the excitement, it’s worth pointing out: we still have to wait until at least Saturday – if not longer – to see if this flight takes off. Opening the flight window doesn’t necessarily mean the VSS Unity spacecraft will actually fly on Saturday. Weather or other complicating factors can delay the attempt for a day or three.
And of course there is also the risk that this test will fail like the last one did. Investors might want wait and see if it works before getting excited about the Virgin Galactic stock.
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