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A Chance for an Apple Buyout Offer as Netflix Stumbles

Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) has either hit a huge bump in the road, or the dynamics of its growth have changed completely. Either way, its stock sold off in double digits after its earnings announcement, which makes it cheap, according to analysts, who say the sell-off is an overreaction. Either way, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), by far the most likely owner of Netflix, other than Netflix shareholders, has a unique opportunity to make the most important M&A move in its history and bulk its increasingly important content business.

On the surface, Netflix did well last quarter. It had earnings of $0.09 per share, compared to the consensus forecast of $0.02 per...