Netflix surges on stellar earnings causing Wall Street buzz

Netflix’s stock took a triumphant leap on the back of blockbuster earnings, posting their most significant one-day gain since January 2021. Wall Street was electrified by the streaming giant’s latest quarterly earnings report as the stock closed at $401.77.

This represents a surge of 16% as Netflix stocks traded at nearly five times its usual volume. This impressive rally occurred against the backdrop of a mixed bag for media and tech stocks and a muted overall market sentiment.

Wall Street jubilates but the future remains unclear

In its third-quarter report, Netflix surpassed analyst expectations for subscriber growth and earnings. The company also reported a surge in free cash flow and promising signs of growth in its new advertising business. Wall Street received the development with a predictably happy mood.

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However, there remains a critical question about future subscriber growth. Did Netflix merely accelerate future paid-sharing net additions, or is the addressable market for paid-sharing more extensive than anticipated? Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson, another analyst who rated the stock as “neutral,” lauded Netflix’s quarterly numbers.

He believed that the surprising results, especially in 2023 and 2024 metrics, would significantly boost free cash flow and earnings per share, stabilizing Netflix’s stock price.

Strategic pricing is working wonders for Netflix

The introduction of price increases in Netflix’s most prominent markets was well received, as it incentivized users to opt for the more affordable ad-supported plan. Jeffrey Wlodarczak of Pivotal Research remained bullish, offering a “buy” rating and an optimistic $600 12-month price target. He foresaw Netflix’s piracy monetization as a substantial subscriber growth engine, even in a potentially volatile economic climate.

Analysts, overall, also remained positive. The robust subscriber growth and the success of Netflix’s password-sharing crackdown promises a more steady growth. Further measures to curb password sharing would drive member growth alongside the announced price hikes.

More stable stock price likely

In the long run, Netflix’s ability to raise prices while offering a cheaper ad-supported tier was seen as a strategic move that could drive average revenue per member and accommodate price-sensitive subscribers. The platform’s utility status and flexibility in pricing were considered key strengths.

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The latest report raised hope for a more stable stock price for Netflix, which had recently experienced an 18% slump in the lead-up to this announcement.

Analysts applauded the streaming giant’s performance but also raised questions about future challenges and opportunities. Netflix’s quest to maintain its momentum will indeed be closely watched by Wall Street in the coming quarters.

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Bal M

Bal was BTW's copywriter specialising in tech and productivity tools. He has experience working in startups, mid-size tech companies, and non-profits.

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