Shares of Virgin Galactic Holdings jumped 3.4% in premarket trading Monday, after a bullish call from Cowen analyst Oliver Chen, saying the spaceflight services company is the way to won the “final luxury frontier.”
Chen initiated coverage of Virgin Galactic with an outperform rating and stock price target of $22, which is 26% above Friday’s closing price of $17.46.
“[Virgin Galactic] is uniquely positioned to benefit from the growing consumer interest toward luxury experiences, especially among high-net-worth individuals,” Chen wrote in a note to clients.
“We believe a substantial growth opportunity lies ahead with the commercial spaceflight business, which already has [approximately] 600 reservations, and the development of high-speed point-to-point travel.”
He said a Cowen survey indicated there was a large addressable market for commercial spaceflight, with high long-term engagement and awareness. The stock has rallied 51.2% year to date through Friday, while the S&P 500 has advanced 8.6%.