Shares of Netflix Inc.
dropped 5.7% in midday trading Friday, to pace all S&P 500
decliners, after a report that that the streaming-video company would boost spending in the United Kingdom to fend off competition. The stock, which has now tumbled 9.5% over the past three sessions, was on track for the lowest close since Jan. 2. The Financial Times reported, in a report titled “Netflix to boost £400m UK spending as streaming wars intensify,” the FT said it was ramping its investment ($499.6 million) in British TV programs such as “The Crown” and “Sex Education” as spending on the streaming wars creates and boomtime for producers. Netflix’s current losing streak started on Wednesday, after Comcast Corp.
announced a new streaming service called “Peacock” and said it would start giving away its Xfinity Flex streaming-media player for free to internet-only subscribers. Netflix’s stock has tumbled 26% over the past three months, while Comcast shares have climbed 6.9% and the S&P 500
has gained 1.9%.
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