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Feb. 24, 2020, 5:25 p.m. EST

One of the market’s hottest stocks just bounced into the green to buck selloff

By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Richard Branson Celebrates Virgin Galactic's listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Virgin Galactic shares, which have been on a ridiculous tear lately, started Monday’s session just like most stocks did — deep in the red.

Yes, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic (NYS:SPCE) saw its stock take a double-digit hit early, following the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW:DJIA) and the S&P 500 (S&P:SPX) into negative territory.

But while the broader market failed to shake the coronavirus fears by the end of trading, Virgin Galactic, as you can see, caught a swarm of dip-buyers, who pushed the stock to a positive close on heavy volume.

The stock is now up more than 200% since the beginning of the year, cashing in on a Wall Street speculation swirling around space tourism.

“In a world right now where there is slowing growth, there is a search on for anything growth related... and what’s cooler than electric vehicles and space?” Peter Boockvar of Bleakley Advisory Group explained to CNBC .

Morgan Stanley analyst and Virgin Galactic bull Adam Jonas was more tempered, telling investors that recent gains appear “to be driven by forces beyond fundamental factors” and that “even spaceships must return to Earth.”

Expect more volatility this week as the company prepares to unveil its fourth-quarter results after Tuesday’s market close.

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