Stock Market Today: Disney Earnings Drag on Dow

An unexpected decline in subscribers weighed on Disney stock Thursday, while notable deposit outflows sent PacWest tumbling.

Walt Disney company logo on screen at New York Stock Exchange
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Stocks spent most of Thursday lower as investors took in a heavy dose of economic and earnings reports. 

While the latest inflation data showed producer prices rose at their slowest pace in two years, higher-than-expected weekly jobless claims stoked concerns of a slowing economy. A shocking subscriber admission from Walt Disney (DIS) weighed on investor sentiment, too, as did dismal deposit data from embattled lender PacWest (PACW). 

Starting with that inflation data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the producer price index (PPI) rose 0.2% month-over-month in April, and 2.3% year-over-year – the slowest annual increase since January 2021. Core PPI, which excludes volatile food, energy and trade services, was up 3.4% over the past year, its lowest pace in two years.

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Meanwhile, the Labor Department said initial jobless claims were up 22,000 last week to 264,000, the highest level since late October. Additionally, the four-week moving average for weekly jobless claims rose to its loftiest point since Nov. 20, 2021.

Disney earnings

On the earnings front, entertainment and media giant Disney reported a top-line beat in its fiscal second quarter, as well as a lower-than-expected operating loss in its direct-to-consumer division, which includes its streaming service Disney+. However, it also disclosed a 2% decline in memberships and projected another massive operating loss in its streaming business for the current quarter. 

"Consumers in key markets are having to make difficult choices about where to spend dwindling incomes and concerns about what else could lie ahead prompted shares to slide," says Susannah Streeter, head of money and markets at Hargreaves Lansdown

But while Disney stock tumbled 8.7% today, analysts say it's still a buy. Bulls specifically point to the blue chip stock's attractive valuation and news that Disney plans to raise prices for its Disney+ streaming service.

PacWest deposits tumble

DIS wasn't the only stock selling off today. Shares of PacWest plunged 22.7% after the regional lender said deposit outflows slumped 9.5% last week. The bulk of those outflows came after news reports indicated the company was exploring strategic options, PACW said in a regulatory filing.

"Markets are rotating from watching the Fed and inflation to focusing on the impact of previous rate hikes amidst continued quantitative tightening," says José Torres, senior economist at Interactive Brokers. "Today's news of regional bank stress and rising layoffs illustrates the painful results of the Fed's inflation quarrel." Increased economic turbulence will likely result in a recession in the second half of this year, Torres adds. 

At the close, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.7% at 33,309, while the S&P 500 was off 0.2% at 4,130. The Nasdaq Composite managed to gain 0.2% to end at 12,328. 

The best AI ETFs

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Grand View Research, for instance, estimates the AI industry will grow by 37.3% annually from 2023 to 2030 to reach a market size of $1.8 trillion – and this will certainly have a positive impact on companies involved in artificial intelligence. 

Market participants wary of putting all their eggs in one basket given the recent volatility in these growth stocks might want to consider exchange-traded funds, which spread the risk out. Indeed, the best AI ETFs give investors well-rounded exposure to this evolving technology.

Karee Venema
Contributing Editor,

With over a decade of experience writing about the stock market, Karee Venema is an investing editor and options expert at She joined the publication in April 2021 after 10 years of working as an investing writer and columnist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. In her previous role, Karee focused primarily on options trading, as well as technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.