Shares of Discovery (NASDAQ: DISCA)(NASDAQ: DISCK) are down some 12% compared to where they closed trading last Friday, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, reversing a rally that began in December as investors start transitioning away from early pandemic winners. As Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX) just-reported fourth-quarter earnings report shows (and Walt Disney's before it), it's becoming more difficult to attract subscribers to streaming services now that the lockdown phase of the pandemic is well in the rearview mirror and out-of-home activities are fully available again. The streaming service leader reported 8.3 million net new subscribers in the fourth quarter, lower than the 8.5 million subscribers it had guided toward, marking Netflix's slowest annual growth in six years.
The average of price targets set by Wall Street analysts indicates a potential upside of 41.1% in Discovery (DISCA). While the effectiveness of this highly sought-after metric is questionable, the positive trend in earnings estimate revisions might translate into an upside in the stock.
AT&T (NYSE: T) shared some details about its HBO Max business ahead of an investor conference earlier this month. The numbers indicate HBO added about 4.4 million subscribers in the fourth quarter. When AT&T reports its fourth-quarter results later this month, investors will want to see a turnaround in domestic subscribers.