Analysts Hit Pause on Netflix; Shares Tumble

Netflix is donwgraded by an analyst who says the company may not survive long-term.
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Netflix (NFLX) - Get Report in the near-term may look like a profitable bet, but two analysts took shot at the DVD-by-mail company today, sending shares lower in morning trading.

Oppenheimer's Jason Helfstein downgraded the company to underperform from perform saying DVD purchases are becoming more enticing for consumers, leaving less people looking to rent. Netflix, he says, may not fit in the changing entertainment industry.

"Studios are seeking to increase revenue by expanding distribution and better aligning their economics with emerging industry trends," he wrote in a note on Friday.

Helfstein said a recent Sony-Redbox distribution deal and Disney's announcement that it will package micro-SD chips with DVDs will likely make movies more accessible and cheaper for consumers.

Likewise today, analyst Tony Wible of Janney Montgomery Scott said Netflix is overvalued.

On Thursday, Netflix posted a

22% jump in second-quarter earnings

. But today investors seemed to be listening more to the analysts. Shares of Netflix tumbled 7.7% in morning trading to $42.87.

The company has been working at expanding its movie rental business, and earlier in the month said it plans to

stream movies

to Sony's Bravia high-definition, Internet-connected TVs starting this fall.

Netflix has also been the center of

a takeover rumor

that Amazon.com or Microsoft may be interested in acquiring the company.

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