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Why Is Virgin Galactic (SPCE) Stock Down 5% Today?

Editor’s note: This article was updated on March 17 to reflect that Virgin Galactic has $980 million in cash and equivalents. 

  • Virgin Galactic (SPCE) stock is falling alongside Virgin Orbit (VORB) shares.
  • That’s due to an operations pause at its sister company.
  • This has some investors worried about the state of SPCE.
SPCE Stock - Why Is Virgin Galactic (SPCE) Stock Down 5% Today?

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Virgin Galactic (NYSE:SPCE) stock is falling on Thursday despite a lack of news from the spaceflight company.

Instead, it’s thanks to an update from sister company Virgin Orbit (NASDAQ:VORB) that shares of SPCE stock are down today. Virgin Orbit announced an operational pause starting today that will last until March 21.

The reason given for this pause is the company negotiating for additional funds. To go along with that, Virgin Orbit also said it’s considering strategic alternatives. This saw the company’s shares take a beating on Thursday morning.

How This Affects SPCE Stock

Considering these two companies are connected, it makes sense that negative news from one would affect the other’s shares. Especially considering that both companies are involved with space via rocket and satellite projects.

Investors will also keep in mind that Virgin Galactic still hasn’t reached its commercial launch yet. Other factors to keep in mind are the company’s $980 million in cash and short-term investments as well as its debt of roughly $415 million. While in a better place than VORB stock, this does raise some concerns among traders.

With those concerns come a 4.6% drop for SPCE stock as of Thursday morning. However, shares are still up 26.7% since the start of the year.

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