Here’s Why Investors Are Buzzing about Netflix, Celanese, and Three Other Stocks

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Although the market’s volatility might not show it, the earnings season is in full swing.

In this article, we will examine the latest quarterly results of five companies, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBS), Access National Corporation (NASDAQ:ANCX), Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), and IDEX Corporation (NYSE:IEX). We will also take a look at the data from the previous round of 13F filings to see what the smart money investors from our database think about the companies in question.

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Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) shares opened nearly 18% in the green after the company delivered an excellent third quarter.The internet streamer earned $0.12 per share on sales of $2.3 billion, beating the Street’s estimates of $0.05 per share on revenue of $2.28 billion. Sales advanced by 32.2% year-over-year, powered by an ASP jump of 10% year-over-year and a gain of 370,000 net domestic subscribers, and 3.2 million net international subscribers. Analysts were expecting an addition of just 300,000 subscribers for the U.S. and 2 million internationally. In addition to solid third-quarter results, guidance for the fourth quarter is ahead of analyst estimates, as  Netflix’s management expects a net gain of 1.45 million domestic subscribers and 3.75 million international subscribers for the fourth quarter. Christopher Lord‘s Criterion Capital raised its stake in Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) by 242% to almost 1.0 million shares during the second quarter.

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ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBS) is in the spotlight after reporting third quarter earnings of $0.78 per share, $0.07 better than the Street’s estimates. Revenue of $52.7 million also is $0.71 million ahead of estimates, and up by 15.4% year-over-year. Loans inched up 10% and deposits jumped by 36% on the year in the third quarter. Return on average assets was a respectable 1.39% and return on average equity was 16.66%, versus 1.38% and 15.52%, respectively, for the third quarter of 2015. Tangible book value per share was $18.73 per share, up from $15.96 per share in the same period last year. Of the 749 funds we track, five funds held $12.09 million worth of ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFBS)’s stock, which accounted for 0.90% of the float on June 30, versus eight funds and $29.14 million, respectively, a quarter earlier.

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On the next page, we will take a closer look at the earnings reported by Access National Corporation, Celanese Corporation, and IDEX Corporation.

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