Netflix shares tumble on B of A downgrade

An analyst says the volatility of the media company's stock outweighs its potential rewards.

By Bruce Kennedy Oct 9, 2012 1:42PM

Netflix (NFLX) shares traded sharply lower Tuesday after Bank of America (BAC) downgraded the stock. 


Shares of the online video-streaming and movie rental company rose more than 30% last week and got a boost Monday after a Morgan Stanley (MS) upgrade. But Bank of America has since dropped its rating on the company from "buy" to "underperform."


Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler reportedly told his clients that, given the volatile nature of Netflix share prices, "we now believe the risks outweigh the reward."


Observers also believe growing content costs and widespread competition from Amazon (AMZN) and others will lead to disappointing results for Netflix in its third-quarter earnings report on Oct. 23.


The past year has seen some wild swings in Netflix's share price. The stock started January below $70 but rose to above $120 in spring. Shares tumbled below $60 last month but began to climb back and were trading Tuesday at $66.36.


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Nflx an the stock mkt will nose dive after Romney is elected...

 

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