Netflix hits a record high -- and it's the best performing FAANG stock this year

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  • Netflix hit a record high Monday.
  • Netflix is part of the ‘FAANG’ stocks, which are outperforming the S&P this year.
  • Netflix is outperforming the FAANGs.

Netflix hit a record high above $US295 a share Monday, giving the company a market cap of about $US127 billion.

Shares of the video-streaming company have gained momentum following a solid fourth-quarter earnings report and the announcement of a $US300 million deal with “Glee “and “American Horror Story” producer Ryan Murphy.

The company’s negative free cash flow also doesn’t seem to be a concern for investors as Netflix’s subscriber base and revenue growth continue to impress. Investors are expecting positive cash flow to come soon.

FAANG stocks, of which Netflix is a member, have been outperforming the broader market this year. They have yielded a return of more than 18% in 2018, far better than the S&P 500’s 2.8% gain, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

While FAANG members Alphabet and Facebook are down slightly after the stock market’s correction, Netflix shares have rallied 6%.

Netflix is the top-performing FAANG stock in 2018, having gained 45.45% year-to-date. Meanwhile, Amazon(+27.96%) is the only other member of the group currently sporting a double-digit percentage gain this year, but Alphabet(+5.39%), Apple(+3.64%) and Facebook(+1.49%) are all trading higher.

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