Rocco Pendola on Seeking Alpha wonders what's behind the alleged SEC investigation of Netflix. Pendola got a "No Comment on this" from Netflix, and he wonders if this is about reporting of churn numbers or something more.
Of course, there's a chance that this is all this morning's report is about. However, Netflix's "no comment" leaves open the possibility that it's about something more. Given the myriad issues that surround this company's balance sheet, Is It Live or Is It Memorex conference calls, corporate communications or lack thereof, public discourse regarding shorts, options compensation, misguided stock buybacks and generally broken business model, nothing would surprise me.
Either way, I'm always baffled as to why the media and Wall Street picks up on one story at a particular time, but not on a similar, more specific story at another time. When Brown went public with explicit details on the SEC churn investigation in September, I was one of the few - maybe even the only - media members to follow up. Today's story basically says nothing precise other than there is some sort of inquiry and it makes repeated headlines while dinging the stock. Go figure.