In April, Netflix lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade, signaling trouble ahead for the industry as rising prices of food and gas left people with little to spend on entertainment.
Goldman downgraded the stock to “sell” from “neutral” and slashed its price target to $186 from $265, the lowest PT among analysts covering the stock, according to data from Refinitiv.
The brokerage also lowered its ratings on e-commerce platform eBay and online gaming firm Roblox to “sell” from “neutral.” Roblox and eBay shares fell nearly 4% in afternoon trading.
Netflix is now a “show-me story,” Goldman said, as it cut revenue estimates for 2022-2023.
That sent Netflix shares down 4.6% at $184.06 in midday trading on Friday, adding on to this year’s 68% slump.
“The cost of living crisis will have a major impact on all streaming services. Let’s not forget the market is now awash with too many streaming media services chasing too few services,” said Paolo Pescatore, an analyst at PP Foresight.
“Expect some to pivot more towards a yearly discounted bundle to entice users and increase loyalty.”
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