If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of Ensemble Capital's top stock picks. Ensemble Capital, an investment management firm, is bullish on Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock. In its Q4 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock. Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) is a media-services provider and production company based in California. The stock is up 19% since the Ensemble Capital's pitch in January 2020, which suggests the investment firm was right in its decision. On a year-to-date basis, Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock has risen by 48%.
On January 22, 2020, Ensemble Capital had released its Q4 2019 Investor Letter. The investment firm is bullish on Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) because Walt Disney Co's (NYSE:DIS) Disney Plus service is not a substitute but a complement to Netflix.
For the quarter ended December 31st, 2019, Ensemble Fund recorded a return of 9.87%, compared to 9.07% of the S&P 500 Index. This brings its 2019 full-year return to 39.55%, compared to 31.49% of the S&P 500 Index.
Let’s take a look at comments made by Ensemble Capital about Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) in the letter.
"Netflix, which returned almost exactly 0% during the first three quarters of the year, shot higher by 21% this past quarter. In the face of Disney Plus rolling out and landing 10 million subscribers on its first day, we’ve stayed bullish on Netflix as we believe that a Disney Plus subscription is a complement to, not substitute for, a Netflix subscription. While data on this question is scarce and preliminary at this point, Netflix has rallied as early indications appear to support our thesis. For instance, a survey from research firm Cowen & Company suggested that 80% of all Disney Plus subscribers report also maintaining a Netflix subscription and only 5% of Disney Plus subscribers report having canceled Netflix."
In Q1 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock decreased by about 5% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don't seem to agree with Netflix's growth potential. Our calculations showed that Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) is ranked #16 among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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