A sputtering economy, implosions at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic is never beneficial to investors, it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 120,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
In the case of movie subscription service provider Netflix
: Netflix faces threats from not only Blockbuster's
: Some see Netflix's core market of DVD delivery waning as the discs eventually become obsolete. Netflix isn't charging customers anything extra for the digital movie streaming service, yet is burdened with the costs of developing and running it. Digital cable companies like Comcast
Slowing subscriber growth : Even though financials continue to look good, Netflix finished off its third quarter with 8.672 million total subscribers, short of its target range. It also twice lowered its full-year 2008 subscriber target, which is the lifeblood of the company. And with no more used DVDs for sale come the end of the month, some believe customers might wander over to a competitor to purchase bargain movies.
Of course, Netflix has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles. But the question about whether the company will continue to do so is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
To see what the very best CAPS members are saying now about Netflix, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look. It's all free, and adding your own opinions will make the community better.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock could easily bench 250 with the right spotter. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Netflix, Amazon and Apple are Stock Advisor picks. The Fool's disclosure policy is rumored to have destroyed more than a few NBA legends in games of H-O-R-S-E.