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Netflix's 3Q Results Show Lack of Moat

We anticipate making a material reduction to our fair value estimate.


 Netflix (NFLX) reported poor third-quarter results, and its outlook was even worse than we anticipated. We believe this is self-inflicted, a reflection of poor management decisions as well as our long-standing viewpoint that the company has no economic moat. Netflix lost more than 800,000 subscribers during the quarter, and management indicated that the first two quarters of 2012 could have overall operating losses because of international expansion in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We anticipate making a material reduction to our fair value estimate and plan to publish a more detailed note and updated report Tuesday.

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