In a research report on Apple's video-service plans, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty estimated that an as-yet unannounced Apple Video service could collect revenues in the neighborhood of $500 million next year and $4.4 billion in 2025. The report hardly moved Cupertino's trillion-dollar market cap, but Netflix investors ducked for cover.
For comparative purposes, Netflix's top-line sales have reached nearly $4 billion per quarter. Huberty is not arguing that Apple is about to kill Netflix, but her report does outline a rapidly growing global market for streaming video services.
There's plenty of room for several successful players in that expanding space, and I don't think Netflix's management is sweating bullets over Huberty's report. I see no reason for Netflix investors to throw in the towel, either. Today's share price drop is a classic overreaction to a well-reasoned market analysis that doesn't really change anything.
Anders Bylund owns shares of Netflix. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Apple and Netflix. The Motley Fool has the following options: long January 2020 $150 calls on Apple and short January 2020 $155 calls on Apple. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.