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Why Disney Stock Fell Today

By Joe Tenebruso - May 14, 2021 at 6:05PM

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Slowing streaming subscriber growth has investors on edge.

What happened

Shares of Walt Disney (DIS 2.88%) declined on Friday, following the release of the entertainment giant's fiscal second-quarter results. By the close of trading, Disney's stock price was down 2.6% after falling as much as 5.4% earlier in the day. 

So what

Coronavirus-related closures were expected to weigh heavily on Disney's parks and resorts business. That much was true. Revenue in the company's parks, experiences, and products segment sank 44% year over year to $3.2 billion.

A person is pointing to a stock chart that rises sharply and then falls.

Disney's stock price pulled back on Friday. Image source: Getty Images.

Fortunately, Disney+ has emerged as a powerful growth driver for the media conglomerate during the COVID-19 crisis. Wall Street had expected the popular streaming service's subscriber count to rise to 109 million by the end of the second quarter. This important figure, however, came in at only 103.6 million.

Now what 

Despite the shortfall, management reiterated its long-term growth forecast for Disney+ during a conference call with analysts. "We are on track to achieve our guidance of 230 million to 260 million subscribers by the end of fiscal 2024," CEO Bob Chapek said. 

Moreover, with vaccinations ramping up, Disney's parks and resorts business could enjoy a recovery this summer.

For these reasons, investors may wish to use this decline in the entertainment tian's stock price as a potentially lucrative buying opportunity.

Joe Tenebruso owns shares of Walt Disney. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Walt Disney. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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