Netflix might be in talks to acquire Roku; Here’s what we know

Netflix might be in talks to acquire Roku; Here's what we know
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Shares of Roku (NASDAQ: ROKU) jumped roughly 10% on Wednesday, June 8, after rumors of a possible acquisition came to light. Namely, the company abruptly closed the trading window for employees, which led them to speculate that Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) might try and acquire ROKU.

Meanwhile, people familiar with the matter have said that there were discussions among employees about a possible buyout from Netflix as shares of Roku are down roughly 60% year-to-date (YTD), Business Insider reports.

It is difficult to know exactly what caused the company to close the trading window for their employees, but most of the time, such things happen when an event is about to occur, which will significantly impact the shares. 

ROKU chart and analysis

Despite the shares trading in a downward momentum for most of the year, yesterday’s rally has helped the shares close just slightly below the 50-day Simple Moving Average (SMA). Higher than usual trading volume was noted as accumulation has possibly begun due to the rumors of a possible takeover. 

ROKU 20-50-200 SMA lines chart. Source. Finviz.com data. See more stocks here.

Even so, analysts rate the shares a moderate buy, predicting that in the next 12 months, the price could reach $152.74, which is 49.92% higher than the current trading price of $101.88.

Wall Street ROKU analysts’ price targets for ROKU. Source: TipRanks

In particular, Roku is one of the top makers of streaming devices whose revenue comes through advertising, while it battles the likes of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) in the streaming and advertising space. 

On the other hand, Netflix lost roughly 200,000 subscribers, as noted in their last earnings call, and the company had said they would explore options of including subscription offers that are supported with advertising. 

Disclaimer: The content on this site should not be considered investment advice. Investing is speculative. When investing, your capital is at risk. 

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Dino Kurbegovic

Dino is an investor and technology enthusiast with years of experience in managing complex projects. At Finbold he covers stories on stocks, investing, micro and macroeconomic trends. Also, he’s also building a micro solar power plants in his hometown.