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Netflix Beats, Up 7%; IBM Mixed, Down 2.7%

Mark Vickery

Netflix NFLX has outperformed earnings expectations for Q3 after the bell today, posting $1.47 per share versus $1.05 in the Zacks consensus (which was itself +18% year over year). Revenues came in a smidge light at $5.244 billion, in-line basically but officially down from the $5.25 billion anticipated. Shares are up big — over 7% — in immediate after-market trading.

 

Subscriber adds were disappointing on the U.S. side — 517K new streaming subscribers in the quarter missed the 0.8 million estimate — though at least this was a positive number, as opposed to the previous quarter which showed negative subscriber adds. Guidance for subscribers in Q4, when we expect Disney+ and Apple TV+ to come on market as well, also disappointed: 7.6 million streaming net adds are expected, down from the estimated 9.5 million.

 

International net adds made up the difference: 6.255 million outperformed the 6.05 million analysts were anticipating. This shows Netflix’s long-term goals of expanding its market globally is bearing fruit, even if domestic challenges look to provide headwinds going forward. 

 

IBM Corp. IBM posted mixed results in its Q3 report this afternoon, beating on the bottom line — $2.68 per share versus $2.64 expected — but missing on the top: $18.08 billion, down from the Zacks consensus $18.24 billion. This is the fifth straight quarter of shrinking sales revenue for the tech giant, as it continues to re-focus its platforms. A 2% gain in cloud revenue is decent, but not good enough to keep the stock from selling off 2.7% in the after-market.

 

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