NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of Netflix (NFLX) - Get Report were climbing to a four-month high during trading on Monday, as speculation surfaced that Disney is attempting to acquire the online streaming giant, according to Bloomberg.
In response to today's speculation FBR Capital Senior research analyst Barton Crockett and Cantor Fitzgerald global head of Internet and media equity Youssef Squali commented on the possibility of an acquisition of Netflix by Disney on Monday's "Trading Nation" segment during "Power Lunch" on CNBC.
"I think it's very much speculation, I don't think that Disney has really said anything publicly that should make people assume that they're going to step up and do what so many other media companies have tried to do, unsuccessfully, which is buy a big Internet company," Crockett said.
He thinks the deal could make sense for Disney, however, has yet to hear or pick up on any signals coming from the company that makes him believe they are pursuing the acquisition.
"I don't think it's up for sale, we've seen many rumors. At one point Apple was interested, at one point Amazon was interested. I think it's a very valuable asset, but I do think it's an asset that will continue to grow on its own for the next several years," Squali added.
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TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C+.
The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.
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