Analyst: Netflix Strong Vs. Verizon-Coinstar Venture
The online video-streaming space just got bigger after Verizon and Coinstar announced a joint venture Monday, but Netflix won’t feel the pressure for a while, one analyst said.
“I actually don’t think it’ll have much of an impact on Netflix in the near term, next six to 12 months,” Credit Suisse analyst John Blackledge said on “Fast Money.”
“Until another provider commits that type of spend, Netflix is likely to continue to extend its lead in streaming,” he added.
Verizon, which will own 65 percent of the venture, and Coinstar’s Redbox DVD rental division plan to launch its new service in the second half of 2012.
Blackledge noted that Netflix already spends $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion per year on streaming content, a formidable hurdle for potential competitors.
Also, Netflix announced development of two original series, “Lillyhammer” and “House of Cards,” as well as a new online-only season of “Arrested Development” — an element Blackledge characterized as “content evolution.”
“We look for that to continue,” he said.
Trader Josh Brown said he did not like the stock on a long-term basis but saw “incredibly trading opportunities in this name because it’s high beta.”
“I think long-term there really is not much here, certainly not just by the market cap, but again, you have a tiger by the tail if you’re long this stock,” he said. “So I think you can ride it to the trailing stop, but it seems to act well on days like today when you expect a sell-off.”
Netflix closed at $129.25 per share, up 2¼ percent. Verizon was up 0.8 percent at $38.14. Coinstar was up 1.8 percent at $50.56.
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