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Netflix shares are up on the news that Carl Icahn has purchased a 10% stake in the company. What a pleasant surprise! According to the filing, Icahn believes Netflix is attractive because of its "dominant market position and international growth prospects." DISH Network's decision to give up on building Blockbuster into a Netflix killer shows Netflix's strength. The filing also says Netflix may hold "significant strategic value," meaning that someone might want to buy it. Some rumors have been making the rounds. There was speculation that Verizon would be a buyer. Instead, that company struck a deal with Coinstar. There was also a rumor that Microsoft might want to buy Netflix.
John and David own shares of Netflix in their real-money portfolio and might be looking to increase their stake in the company. That's because they see the benefits of it growing its streaming service. Netflix has a mountain of viewing data and a management team that knows how to use it to run the business. What's more, as the streaming service scales, it starts to become very valuable in the future, which is why investors should follow Icahn into Netflix.
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