The Los Gatos, CA-based internet television company has risen about 140% year-to-date, according to Marketwatch. About 55% of analysts have a "buy" rating on the stock.
Amazon.com (AMZN), which was also named a "consumer discretionary winner," has returned about 114% year-to-date.
Overall, the consumer discretionary sector, which Netflix is considered a part of, returned about 9% year-to-date.
The S&P 500 is a gauge of large-cap U.S. equities.
Netflix stock is down by 0.87% to $115.70 in mid-afternoon trading on Thursday.
Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:
We rate NETFLIX INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, robust revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: