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Call of the Day: Citi Upgrades Netflix

Despite valuations that trader Karen Finerman just can’t embrace, Netflix received an upgrade on Monday from a top ranked analyst!

Citi analyst and Fast Money friend Mark Mahaney upgraded the online movie rental company to ‘Buy’ from ‘Hold’ citing strong revenue growth and the potential that it could reach 50 million subscribers by the end of 2013.

"But what is more telling," Mahaney says, is that Netflix "is seeing its penetration rates accelerate. Market acceptance of/enthusiasm for Netflix's streaming offering is very likely the leading factor behind this acceleration."

Mahaney also says he has long considered Netflix shares a "core holding" in the Internet sector, as trends such as the closing of video rental stores and Netflix's presence on a broad range of consumer electronics propelled its stock price sharply higher over the past two years.

While Netflix built its business on mailing out DVDs in its signature red envelopes, the company is pushing its video streaming service, which lets subscribers watch movies and TV shows through an Internet connection.

Check out our entire conversation with Mark Mahaney. Watch the video now!






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