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Investor Confidence Triggered Surge in Netflix Stock Prices Even as Streaming Industry Struggled

Over the past year, Netflix stock has surged, indicating a promising avenue for investors.
Cover Image Source: Netflix | Getty Images | Photo by Mario Tama
Cover Image Source: Netflix | Getty Images | Photo by Mario Tama

Netflix has carved its own place in Hollywood's ongoing battle for viewership and advertising revenue, to become one of the few profitable major streaming services. Over the past year, Netflix's stock has impressed investors as it soared by 36%, in stark contrast with a 10% decline in Disney's stock and a 22% drop for Warner Bros.

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Once viewed as a disruptive upstart in the entertainment industry, Netflix has asserted its position as the leading streaming platform for more than a decade now.

Recently, Bank of America named the streaming giant "the king in streaming." "It has become increasingly clear that Netflix has won the streaming wars,'" stated Bank of America media analyst Jessica Reif Ehrlich, emphasizing how traditional media companies like Disney are reassessing their streaming strategies in light of Netflix's dominance.

In the fourth quarter, Netflix showcased robust revenue growth, surpassing analyst expectations, thanks to a resurgence in subscriber numbers. At the same time, a one-time charge led to earnings falling slightly short of estimates.

The company reported a net income of $938 million, translating to $2.11 per diluted share. While still impressive, these figures were slightly below the $983.9 million or $2.25 per diluted share anticipated by analysts. Despite this, revenue surged by 12% compared to the same period last year, reaching $8.83 billion, outperforming both analyst estimates and the previous year's figures.

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Image Source: Getty Images | Photo By Justin Sullivan

Netflix's subscriber growth, after experiencing a relatively stagnant phase in late 2021 and throughout most of 2022, has regained momentum in recent quarters. This resurgence can be attributed to the implementation of a tiered pricing structure and intensified efforts to combat password sharing. Notably, the introduction of a $6.99 ad-supported tier has provided an additional avenue for monetization.

The streaming platform boasted a global paying customer base of 260.28 million in Q4, marking a 12.8% increase compared to the same period the previous year. In a statement to shareholders, Netflix management expressed confidence, stating, "We believe there is plenty of room for growth ahead as streaming expands."

In the present scenario, Netflix is outlining its strategic initiatives, emphasizing the enhancement of its core business in TV series and movies. In addition to this, the company is diversifying its offerings by incorporating gaming, live programming, and sports-adjacent content.

The streaming platform has also disclosed its ambitions to bolster its advertising business and deepen engagement with its audience through marketing endeavors, consumer products, and innovative live experiences.


As subscription pricing rises and an ad business emerges, Netflix aims to evolve into a modern-day equivalent of traditional cable, offering tailored content selection. Despite a single-digit market share of global screen time, steady subscriber growth drives a sustained low-teens revenue growth rate, with management focused on gradually improving profit margins.

While near-term free cash flow is expected to mirror 2023 levels due to content production ramp-up following last year's industry strikes, Netflix remains profitable and shareholder-friendly, having returned $6 billion via stock repurchases.