2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Netflix?


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, movie rental service Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Netflix and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.


Headquarters (founded)

Los Gatos, Calif. (1997)

Market Cap

$3.5 billion


Internet retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.5 billion


Founder/Chairman/CEO Reed Hastings

CFO David Wells

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$813.3 million / $400.0 million





Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 18% of the 9,609 members who have rated Netflix believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bears, fellow Fool Nathan Alderman (TMFNato), touched on the strong competitive headwinds working against Netflix:

I love Netflix. It seems powerfully and passionately engaged in trying to give its customers what they want, at a fair and honest price. Its streaming catalog is chock-full of stuff I want to watch, and I'm very excited about its original series. But it's changed its business model in an inevitable and unfortunate way. Its shift from discs to streaming has gutted its moat, turned its former customers into bitter enemies, and left it with much fewer ways to differentiate itself from a host of rivals swarming over the industry's newly lowered barriers to entry.

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