TheStreet TV's anchor Rhonda Schaffler discusses contrasting reports about Netflix's user base at ITG Research and RBC Capital Markets.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Netflix (NFLX) - Get Netflix, Inc. Report stock is plunging by 5.79% to $95.70 in late-afternoon trading on Monday, after ITG Research noted that 2016 domestic streaming estimates appear high.
Netflix anticipates that first quarter 2016 U.S. subscriptions will increase by 1.75 million, according to its most recent earnings.
Domestic subscriptions did miss estimates during the 2015 fourth quarter, as the online streaming service reported that subscriptions increased by 1.56 million. Analysts were looking for growth of 1.62 million subscribers.
However, growth within Netflix's international subscribers beat expectations.
ITG's forecast contrasts with a recent survey by RBC Capital Markets. A record 53% of U.S. users now use Netflix to watch movies and TV shows, up from 51% in November, according to RBC's 18th quarterly survey of more than 1,000 U.S. users.
Netflix's usage results were better than those of Alphabet's (GOOGL) YouTube and Amazon.com (AMZN), which experienced usage of 46% and 27%, respectively, the firm wrote in a note on Friday.
Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates the stock as a "hold" with a ratings score of C.
Netflix's strengths such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance are countered by weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.
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