Netflix rises on takeover speculation as quarterly earnings loom

Netflix shares, world’s largest paid online TV network, rose as much as 4.9% to $103.39 in New York, their highest since 31 May


Investors will be looking closely for signs of further slowing in subscriber growth at Netflix after a weak second quarte. Photo: AP
Investors will be looking closely for signs of further slowing in subscriber growth at Netflix after a weak second quarte. Photo: AP

Los Angeles: Netflix Inc. rose to its highest since May as investors speculated the online video service could be a takeover target ahead of quarterly earnings scheduled for release in two weeks.

Shares of the world’s largest paid online TV network rose as much as 4.9% to $103.39 in New York, their highest since 31 May. The stock was down 14% this year through 30 September.

Investors could be speculating on recent takeover rumors, which have linked Netflix to Walt Disney Co., said Tony Wible, an analyst with Drexel Hamilton who recommends buying the stock. The shares are volatile around earnings, and investors could also be purchasing in anticipation of a windfall or buying to cover short sales before earnings are released on 17 October, he said.

Wible discounted the likelihood of deal, as did Pacific Crest Securities’ Andy Hargreaves. Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, declined to comment.

“You’ve seen some takeover chatter popping up, but Netflix hasn’t shown it wants to be acquired,” Wible said.

Investors will be looking closely for signs of further slowing in subscriber growth at Netflix after a weak second quarter. The company released its latest original series, “Luke Cage,” on Friday. It’s from the Marvel division of Disney, a big Netflix supplier. Bloomberg

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