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Netflix shares jump to record high after subscriber growth tops Wall Street estimates

  • The streaming giant said Monday after the market close that it added a total of 7.41 million subscribers in the first quarter.
  • Analysts polled by FactSet expected Netflix to add a total of 6.5 million subscribers.
  • "Overall, NFLX continues to execute extremely well, emphasizing its case as the best global, secular growth story in tech," a J.P. Morgan analyst notes.
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix
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Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

Shares of Netflix jumped 9.2 percent Tuesday to an all-time high after the company said it added nearly 1 million more subscribers in the previous quarter than analysts were expecting.

The streaming giant said Monday after the market close that it added a total of 7.41 million subscribers in the first quarter. In the U.S., Netflix's user base increased by 1.96 million. Analysts polled by StreetAccount expected Netflix to add a total of 6.5 million subscribers, with 1.48 million of those coming from the U.S.

Netflix also reported earnings and revenue for the quarter that matched analyst expectations.

"NFLX's content strength & the global, secular shift to Internet entertainment are driving subscriber upside & we believe providing mgmt w/greater confidence into what is normally a seasonally slower 2Q," J.P. Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth said in a note Tuesday.

Anmuth also hiked his price target on the stock to $385 per share from $328, implying a 25.1 percent upside from Monday's close of $307.78.

"Overall, NFLX continues to execute extremely well, emphasizing its case as the best global, secular growth story in tech," Anmuth said.

The company's stock was the best-performing S&P 500 component in early trading Tuesday.