Discover Financial Stock Is Down 55% In Less Than 2 Months, Can It Recoup Its Losses?

Discover Financial (NYSE: DFS) batch declined by about 46% between 8th Mar 2020 and 24th Mar 2020 (vs. an 18% decrease in a SP 500), and a batch is down roughly 55% given 31st Jan after a WHO announced a tellurian health puncture in light of a coronavirus widespread (vs. about 27% decrease in a SP 500 given then). Drawing lessons from a 2008 financial crisis, we see Discover’s batch declined from levels of around $18 in Oct 2007 (the pre-crisis peak) to levels only $5 in Mar 2009 (as a markets bottomed out) – implying a company’s batch mislaid as most as 73% from a estimate pre-crisis peak. This noted a crook dump than a broader SP, that fell by 51%.


Will Discover Financial batch redeem likewise from a coronavirus spread?

  • We review a opening of Discover Financial opposite a SP 500 in a interactive dashboard analysis, 2007-08 vs. 2020 Crisis Comparison: How Did Discover Financial Stock Fare Compared With SP 500?
  • In fact, Discover Financial recovered strongly post a 2008 predicament to levels of about $13 in early 2010 – rising by 159% between Mar 2009 and Jan 2010. In comparison, a SP 500 bounced behind by about 48% over a same period.

Overall, there have been dual graphic trends pushing a new sell-off. Firstly, a augmenting series of Coronavirus cases outward China is causing ascent concerns of a tellurian mercantile slowdown. Secondly, wanton oil prices plummeted by some-more than 20% after Saudi Arabia increasing production.

The outcome was also transparent in Discover Financial’s batch as people are focused roughly wholly on essentials rather than discretionary and convenience waste due to mercantile uncertainty. It means they are not assembly friends and colleagues for drinks, lunch, or dinner, not going to movies, entertainment parks, vacation trips, etc. As a credit label hulk is heavily contingent on a credit label business (which contributed around 76% of a revenues in 2019), in a arise of a tellurian mercantile meltdown and widespread panic, a credit label revenues could be negatively impacted due to a dump in consumer direct and loan default. We trust Discover’s Q1 and Q2 formula will endorse this existence with a dump in both credit label revenues and transaction volume as good as an boost in loan losses.

If signs of coronavirus containment aren’t transparent by a Apr Q1 gain time-frame, it’s expected Discover’s batch (along with a broader market) is going to see a continued dump when formula endorse discernible reality.


What about timing?

Potential for poignant gains (of a sequence of 100+%) in Discover’s stock, with even a prejudiced liberation to pre-coronavirus predicament levels and a timing, hinges on a broader containment of a coronavirus spread. Our dashboard forecasting US COVID-19 cases with cross-country comparisons analyzes expected liberation time-frames and probable spread.

Further, a dashboard -28% Coronavirus pile-up vs. 4 Historic crashes builds a finish macro picture. It complements a analyses of coronavirus impact on a different set of Discover Financial’s multinational peers, including Capital One and American Express. The finish set of coronavirus impact and timing analyses is accessible here.


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