Last night, the United States markets witnessed an astonishing turn of events, especially concerning Netflix Inc (NASDAQ: NFLX) shares. In a day when most US markets experienced significant losses, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index (DJX: .DJI) plummeting by 0.98% and the Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ: .IXIC) facing an even steeper drop of 1.62%, it initially appeared to be a challenging session for the Netflix share price. The US streaming giant and tech stock concluded regular trading with a substantial 2.26% decline, closing at $346.19 per share.
However, what unfolded in after-hours trading was nothing short of remarkable. By the time after-hours trading concluded, Netflix's stock had surged to $390.61 per share, marking a remarkable 12.83% gain over its regular trading closing price.
Netflix's Extraordinary After-Hours Surge
The catalyst for this extraordinary after-hours surge can be attributed to Netflix's latest quarterly earnings report, which exceeded expectations and instilled confidence in investors.
Netflix Share Price Surges on Strong Quarterly Earnings
Netflix's Q3 2023 earnings report presented impressive financial figures, demonstrating substantial growth for the company. The report showed quarterly revenue of $8.54 billion, marking a 7.8% increase compared to the $8.19 billion recorded in the same quarter the previous year.
Net income also experienced a notable boost, reaching $1.68 billion, compared to the previous year's figure of $1.4 billion. This robust performance enabled Netflix to declare diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.73, reflecting a substantial 20.3% surge over the $3.10 per share reported for the third quarter of 2022.
In terms of subscriptions, Netflix boasted 247.15 million global streaming paid memberships by the end of the quarter, signifying a noteworthy 10.8% increase from the 223.09 million reported during the same period the previous year.
Analysts had initially anticipated earnings per share of $3.49 and 243.88 million subscribers. Therefore, Netflix's quarterly report exceeded these expectations, driving the impressive surge in its share price during after-hours trading.
Despite the Surge, Challenges Remain
However, even with this surge, it's essential to note that the Netflix share price remains far from its recent 52-week high of $485, observed in June. Furthermore, the streaming giant is still a considerable distance from its all-time high, which exceeded $690 per share in October 2021.
Netflix's performance in the market continues to be closely watched as it navigates various challenges and competition in the streaming industry.