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Nasdaq 100 Forecast: Will FAANG Dissolve if Netflix Earnings Disappoint?

Nasdaq 100 Forecast: Will FAANG Dissolve if Netflix Earnings Disappoint?

Peter Hanks, Strategist

Nasdaq 100 Forecast:

  • Earnings season is off to a strong start with various stocks in the financial sector beating out expectations
  • However, the widely-watched FAANG group could fall to the wayside if Netflix’s earnings disappoint
  • Read more about the threatened FAANG group and why it’s important to the Nasdaq 100

Nasdaq 100 Forecast: Will FAANG Dissolve if Netflix Earnings Disappoint?

Earnings season is off to a strong start, with financial stocks JP Morgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), United Healthcare (UNH) and Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) beating out expectations which helped tip the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and the Nasdaq into the green on Tuesday. The advent of yet another quarterly reporting period provides a source of fundamental influence for the stock market, which has recently been juggling trade war and monetary policy drivers. Now, single-stocks have the opportunity to impact the market and Netflix (NFLX) could be a stock with heightened influence.

Recently, Netflix has underperformed its FAANG and Nasdaq peers. This extended underperformance has seen it fall under scrutiny from tech-stock commentators, including the acronym’s creator, Jim Cramer. Just two weeks ago, the market commentator argued the streaming provider should be dropped from the FAANG group and replaced by FAAMG, exchanging Netflix for Microsoft (MSFT).

Nasdaq 100 Price Chart: Daily Time Frame (January 2019 – October 2019) (Chart 1)

Netflix NFLX Price Chart Nasdaq 100 Forecast

Chart created with TradingView

While FAANG’s other members have maintained their status as leaders in the tech space, reflected by their strong stock returns, Netflix has had to battle slowing subscriber growth, growing debt and a series of new entrants into the industry. Disney (DIS), Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) are among those entrants, and each stock threatens to erode Netflix’s dominance in the sector. Already, the prospect of greater competition has been reflected in NFLX shares which have climbed just 3% in the year-to-date compared to the 17.5% gain for the entirety of FAANG and the 25% surge for the Nasdaq 100.

Nasdaq 100 Forecast Earnings Implied Volatility

Therefore, Wednesday marks a crucial point for the FAANG group. Another dismal report from Netflix could see the collection of tech barometers rearranged as Netflix falls from grace. Evidently, Wall Street is keenly aware of the juncture at which Netflix finds itself as the company’s earnings implied volatility stands at a considerable 11%, more than doubling the implied volatility of IBM who also reports on Wednesday.

Netflix Stock Price Chart: Daily Time Frame (July 2018 – October 2019) (Chart 2)

NFLX Netflix Price Chart Earnings Preview

Chart created with TradingView

Consequently, a disappointing quarter from Netflix could see shares fall as low as $253, which would drag on the broader Nasdaq 100. On the other hand, any indication that the streaming provider has begun to right the ship could see NFLX shares rip higher, with the upper bound of the implied move residing at $316. As investors await the results and their impact tech sentiment, follow @PeterHanksFX on Twitter for further commentary.

--Written by Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst for DailyFX.com

Contact and follow Peter on Twitter @PeterHanksFX

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