A deep dive into the Disney stock market reveals an intriguing scenario. Currently trading at $103 per share, Disney stock remains dramatically below its pre-inflation shock peak of $202, a value it last touched on March 8, 2021. Several factors have driven this notable decline. Disney’s streaming business has encountered both slowing subscriber growth and intensified competition, while its linear TV segment has suffered from reduced advertising and a dip in domestic affiliate revenues. Contrarily, Disney’s theme parks have been robust since the post-COVID-19 reopening, even though the company expects increased expenses and attendance normalization in the near term.

Despite touching a low of approximately $80 in October 2023, Disney stock has experienced a bit of recovery, thanks to stronger-than-anticipated Q2 FY’24 results and a surprising operating profit from its streaming operations. While the stock has slumped 40% from its early January 2021 levels of $180 to around $105 presently, the S&P 500 has seen a contrasting increase of around 40% over the same period. Disney stock notably underperformed the broader market during each of the past three years, with returns of -15% in 2021, -44% in 2022, and 4% in 2023.

However, the broader market as well as other individual heavyweights in the Communication Services sector, such as GOOG, META, and NFLX, also faced challenges in beating the S&P 500 consistently. Interestingly, the Trefis High Quality Portfolio has consistently outperformed the benchmark index. With macroeconomic uncertainties, high oil prices, and elevated interest rates, it remains to be seen whether Disney can surpass the S&P 500 in the upcoming months or if it will continue to underperform.

A closer look suggests that if Disney stock recovers to its 2021 levels, there’s a potential for a 96% gain. While achieving this may take time, bolstered by growing interest from activist investors and recovery in streaming operations, Trefis estimates Disney’s current valuation around $137 per share. This figure appears approximately 30% ahead of the present market price, although near-term gains might be restrained by mixed economic signals and wavering consumer confidence.

In conclusion, as the Federal Reserve’s efforts in curbing sharp inflation rates take effect, and market sentiments improve, Disney stock holds the potential for gains—provided recession fears are mitigated.

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– [Trefis](https://www.trefis.com/data/companies/DIS)
– [Forbes](https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2024/05/22/can-disney-stock-double-to-pre-inflation-shock-highs-of-over-200/?sh=65bc9cf6438f)