As reported by Investopedia:
After releasing expectation-busting quarterly earnings and boosting its outlook for 2010, shares of DVD rental company Netflix (Nasdaq:NFLX) soared more than 20% in after-hours trading on Wednesday.
The strong "thumbs-up" from investors was in response to a 36% jump in fourth-quarter net income to 56 cents per share, up from 38 cents a year earlier. The result also handily sailed past the Street's expectations of 49 cents for the quarter.
Underlying the company's strong profit growth has been its surprisingly strong subscriber growth. Netflix's subscriber tally at the end of the quarter came to 12.3 million, up 31% from its year-end total in 2008, and up 10% in the last quarter alone.