Raymond James upgrades Netflix to Strong Buy, sees material profitability ahead

As previously reported, Raymond James analyst Justin Patterson upgraded Netflix to Strong Buy from Outperform and raised his price target on the stock to $450 from $435. Netflix is approaching a profit inflection, as the company's front-loaded headcount investments will be leveraged and lead to an operating margin inflection, contends Patterson. His survey work shows Netflix's traction in film is helping it gain share against linear TV and he sees meaningful potential for Netflix to succeed in film, which Patterson believes should aid subscriber growth, retention and pricing power, he added. Last night, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan also upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target for the shares to $410 from $400.

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