Gogo Inc (GOGO) Volume Surges as Stock Nosedives

Concerns about a terminated contract with AAL have GOGO in the red

by Andrea Kramer

Published on Feb 16, 2016 at 11:40 AM
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 at 10:16 AM

In-flight connectivity concern Gogo Inc (NASDAQ:GOGO) is down 35.8% at $8.92, and just off a record low of $7.90, after American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL) reportedly said it could terminate its contract in favor of Internet service from ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT). Amid accelerated stock volume, GOGO is on the short-sale restricted list, and options are flying off the shelves.

GOGO stock volume has already eclipsed its Feb. 25 annual high of roughly 4.7 million contracts, with more than 9.6 million shares traded so far. GOGO's 30-day at-the-money implied volatility was jolted 42% higher to a 12-month peak of 112.6%, with options trading at 11 times the average intraday pace. Puts have nearly doubled calls thus far, and the intraday put/call volume ratio of 1.83 is higher than normal, in the 84th percentile of its annual range.

While short sellers can't hop on GOGO today, there are plenty of bears already cheering the decline. Short interest accounts for a whopping 35.5% of the stock's total available float, and would take nearly 22 days to buy back, at GOGO's average daily trading volume.

On the charts, Gogo Inc (NASDAQ:GOGO) could struggle to find support. The stock has already breached the round-number $10 region, as well as the $12-$13 area -- which contained pullbacks since May 2014. Furthermore, GOGO is sitting well south of peak put open interest at the soon-to-expire February 15 put.

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