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Netflix surprised the market with an unexpected profit. Its revenue and outlook also topped forecasts. Shares jumped more than 25 percent after-hours.
Stocks finished higher Wednesday, with the S&P 500 within striking distance of the 1,500 level and the Dow Jones closing at its best level in five years, lifted by a batch of stronger-than-expected earnings.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Wednesday:
Netflix has released its Q4 earnings, with Michael Pento, Pento Portfolio Strategies; Neil Hennessy, Hennessy Funds CIO; and CNBC's Brian Shactman and Julia Boorstin. The news is good.
Netflix shares are up ahead of the company's Q4 earnings report after today's closing bell. CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports investors are watching for the streaming subscriber data.
Take a look at some of Wednesday's midday movers:
Earnings beats from Google and IBM boosted Apple stock on Wednesday, as traders bet the one-time darling could regain some of its luster when it reports earnings after the bell.
A look at what investors can expect from Netflix's all important streaming subscriber number after the bell, with CNBC's Julia Boorstin.
U.S. stock index futures were flat Wednesday as investors digested a batch of corporate earnings results and following the recent rally that took major averages to their best levels in more than five years.
"I think the market is psychologically prepared to continue without Apple, and if Apple gets involved, it could give it a little bit of an adrenalin shot," one pro said.
A flood of earnings reports, including major technology and industrial companies, could make or break the stock market’s surprise January rally in the week ahead.
Ready for the downpour? Earnings season kicks into high gear in the week ahead. Fortunately, Cramer has a game plan.
Technical analyst Abigail Doolittle explains why she's turned bullish on Netflix. Fundamental analyst Matt Gohd disagrees. (3:51)
Shares in the media rental service jumped over 3 percent after Janney Capital Markets upgraded the stock from neutral to buy. Tony Wible, analyst at Janney, offers his outlook.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Expect Facebook to acquire Netflix in 2013, Dynalink Telecommunications CEO Larry Fishelson says.
A federal appeals court ruled that Netflix receives an unfair advantage from the US Postal Service in handling its DVDs and ordered postal regulators to remedy the situation.
Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:
CES is all about streaming video this year: nearly all the 20,000 devices featured on the show floor feature access to media companies like Netflix and media apps.
If Harvey Weinstein saw reason to be credulous of trader instincts, maybe 2013 is when Netflix proves itself to skeptics.