After Recent Drop, Where Is Disney Stock Headed?

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Disney stock (NYSE: DIS) dropped 7% in the last one month and currently trades at close to $168 per share. This drop was mainly due to change in analysts’ ratings just before the company is due to announce earnings. Though the company’s streaming business continues to perform strongly with subscriber count rising from 73.7 million at the end of October 2020 to 86.8 million in the beginning of December 2020, the volatility in the market took a toll on the company’s stock. But will Disney’s stock continue its downward trajectory over the coming weeks, or is a bounce in the stock more likely?

According to the Trefis Machine Learning Engine, which identifies trends in a company’s stock price data for the last 20 years, returns for DIS stock average close to 7% in the next three-month (63 trading days) period after experiencing a 7% drop over the previous one-month (21 trading days) period. Notably, though, the stock is likely to outperform the S&P500 over the next month, with an expected return which would be 2.6% higher compared to the S&P500.

But how would these numbers change if you are interested in holding DIS stock for a shorter or a longer time period? You can test the answer and many other combinations on the Trefis Machine Learning to test DIS stock chances of a rise after a fall and vice versa. You can test the chance of recovery over different time intervals of a quarter, month, or even just 1 day!

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MACHINE LEARNING ENGINE – try it yourself:

IF DIS stock moved by -5% over 5 trading days, THEN over the next 21 trading days, DIS stock moves an average of 2 percent, which implies a return which is 0.5 percent higher than that of the S&P500.

More importantly, there is 61% probability of a positive return over the next 21 trading days and 47% probability of a positive excess return after a -5% change over 5 trading days.

Some Fun Scenarios, FAQs & Making Sense of DIS Stock Movements:

Question 1: Is the average return for Walt Disney stock higher after a drop?


Consider two situations,

Case 1: Walt Disney stock drops by -5% or more in a week

Case 2: Walt Disney stock rises by 5% or more in a week

Is the average return for Walt Disney stock higher over the subsequent month after Case 1 or Case 2?

DIS stock fares better after Case 1, with an average return of 3.6% over the next month (21 trading days) under Case 1 (where the stock has just suffered a 5% loss over the previous week), versus, an average return of 2.8% for Case 2.

In comparison, the S&P 500 has an average return of 3.1% over the next 21 trading days under Case 1, and an average return of just 0.5% for Case 2 as detailed in our dashboard that details the average return for the S&P 500 after a fall or rise.

Try the Trefis machine learning engine above to see for yourself how Walt Disney stock is likely to behave after any specific gain or loss over a period.

Question 2: Does patience pay?


If you buy and hold Walt Disney stock, the expectation is over time the near term fluctuations will cancel out, and the long-term positive trend will favor you – at least if the company is otherwise strong.

Overall, according to data and Trefis machine learning engine’s calculations, patience absolutely pays for most stocks!

For DIS stock, the returns over the next N days after a -5% change over the last 5 trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:

Question 3: What about the average return after a rise if you wait for a while?


The average return after a rise is understandably lower than a fall as detailed in the previous question. Interestingly, though, if a stock has gained over the last few days, you would do better to avoid short-term bets for most stocks.

DIS’s returns over the next N days after a 5% change over the last 5 trading days is detailed in the table below, along with the returns for the S&P500:

It’s pretty powerful to test the trend for yourself for Walt Disney stock by changing the inputs in the charts above.

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