Netflix Share Price Down 8.4% in US Stock Market ‘Bloodbath’

At time of writing, shares of Netflix, Inc. [NASDAQ:NFLX] are down 8.4% as it got caught up in a major sell-off in the US.

It will open tomorrow’s trading (US time) at $325.89, with another fall potentially in the offing.

Here is Netflix’s one day chart:

Netflix share price


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Tech stocks share price hurt amid rising volatility

Netflix was not the only big-name tech stock to suffer losses, with Apple (-4.6%) Facebook (-4.1%) and Amazon (-6.1%) also being hit hard.

The sell-off was the largest one-day loss since February.

Perhaps one of the reasons that Netflix and others fell is that tech stocks are generally perceived as riskier than other stocks.

Meanwhile the CBOE Volatility Index, which is a measure of ‘fear’ in the market, climbed to its highest level since early April.

As you can see a major spike over the last week…


What caused this sell-off?

There are two main factors involved.

The first is that interest rates on US Treasury Bonds are at their highest level since 2011.

Meanwhile the expectation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates over the next year has people worried about liquidity i.e. the ability of firms to access money.

One portfolio manager described the day’s events:

It’s a bit of a bloodbath today, clear risk-off action with few places to hide.’

Also in the background are factors such as the Italian debt problem, China’s slowing growth and rising oil prices due to the possibility of new sanctions against Iran.

Australian traders will have a lot to ponder today.


Ryan Clarkson-Ledward,
Markets & Money

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Ryan Clarkson-Ledward is a junior analyst for Markets & Money. Ryan has degrees in both communication and international business. His priority is bringing you the latest price updates on stocks through ASX updates, as well as supporting Sam Volkering with background research. As part of the team at Markets & Money his aim is to provide unbiased and relevant news for readers. Ryan’s work with Sam is designed to provide research that complements Sam’s analysis for small-cap and technology stocks. Together, their objective is to break through all the jargon and give you the hard facts to inform your investment decision-making. Ryan writes for:

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