3 Beaten-Down Stocks Ready to Bounce Back Hard


  • Despite previous setbacks, these companies showcase strengths and strategic initiatives poised to fuel a significant rebound.
  • Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD): The DTC segment sees rapid growth, nearing 100 million subscribers, with increased engagement and monetization.
  • CVS Health (CVS): With strategic investments and partnerships in healthcare delivery, CVS Health maintains solid financial stability, a resilient business model and a market-leading position.
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA): The company’s operational edge, competitive international market performance, and focus on discipline enhance its growth prospects.
Beaten-Down Stocks to Buy - 3 Beaten-Down Stocks Ready to Bounce Back Hard

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Adversity frequently presents chances for recovery and expansion in the stock market. Following recent market declines, three equities have emerged as strong candidates for recovery. Despite their difficulties, these organizations have core competencies and proactive measures that set them up for substantial recoveries.

The first one leads the way in the entertainment industry’s revolution, with a phenomenal increase in its direct-to-consumer (DTC) segment. With about 100 million subscribers, the corporation’s streaming services have considerable growth and income creation potential due to their tremendous engagement and market attractiveness.

Meanwhile, based on strategic investments, the second one placed itself as a strong leader in the healthcare industry. Its dedication to developing joint ventures and increasing healthcare delivery assets highlights a proactive market expansion and advancement approach. Finally, its operational efficiency and worldwide market prowess drive the third one’s growth trajectory. The company holds a propensity for long-term value growth and market adaptation through cost-cutting measures and stable performance in international markets.

These companies may hit new market valuation highs in coming quarters.

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD)

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Based on its performance and strategic moves, Warner Bros. Discovery (NASDAQ:WBD) appears to hit considerable growth. Its DTC arm expanded rapidly during Q1 2024. The company acquired 2 million new subscribers and is about to hit the $100 million milestone, which indicates a solid hold on vital market share. Hence, this growth reflects the broad popularity of Warner Bros. Discovery among customers throughout the world while also suggesting elevated demand for its streaming services.

Additionally, the US average revenue per user (ARPU) grew by 8% year-over-year (YoY) during Q1. Meanwhile, the overall ARPU uplifted by 4% YoY, indicating that Warner Bros. Discovery can monetize rapidly on its subscriber base and the efficiency of its content and product upgrades. Hence, the success of its monetization techniques and the value proposition it provides to clients is reflected in the growth of ARPU, particularly in the U.S.

Lastly, with progressive content releases like “Dune: Part Two” and “Godzilla x Kong,” Warner Bros. Discovery has derived over $1.2 billion in global box office revenue. Therefore, the leads of these big-budget movies highlight the company’s fundamental capacity to create sharp content that appeals to a wide range of viewers.

CVS Health (CVS)

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CVS Health’s (NYSE:CVS) investments in healthcare delivery assets reflect its strategic focus on progressive leads in the industry, including Oak Street Health and Signify Health. Collaborating with third-party discount card administrators for CVS CostVantage agreements represents strategic alliances to expand market presence and spur growth.

Moreover, in Q1 2024, CVS Health produced $4.9 billion in cash flow from operations, demonstrating solid cash flow management skills. Completing a $3 billion expedited share buyback deal and paying $840 million in quarterly dividends reflect the company’s focus on deriving value.

Further, CVS Health has demonstrated resilience in the face of obstacles in its Medicare Advantage business by acting quickly to alleviate constraints on utilization and enhance clinical operations. Due to its wide range of assets, CVS Health is well-positioned for expansion. The company emphasizes its pivotal role in guaranteeing a sustainable biosimilar industry, resulting in reduced expenses for clients and increased customer retention and growth.

Finally, proposals like the Humira formulary modification and the launch of CVS CostVantage show how innovative and market-driven CVS Health can be, with the potential for explosive development.

Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA)

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Despite slower-than-expected market growth, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s (NASDAQ:WBA) pharmacy division held onto its market share. Pharmacy services, volume growth and brand inflation contributed to an 8.7% YoY (Q2 2024) increase in pharmacy comp sales. The pharmaceutical services category saw a robust overall performance, with the vaccines portfolio performing better than anticipated. 

Additionally, Walgreens Boots Alliance’s initiatives improve the role of pharmacists by allowing them to provide some healthcare services outside of prescription dispensing. Towards the bottom line, in the US retail pharmacy division, the company showed strong execution and cost control, resulting in an adjusted EPS of $1.20. The business took several cost-cutting measures, such as reorganizing, optimizing the site and enhancing the pharmacy and retail operating models.

Moreover, the international division demonstrated robust and steady performance, with Boots UK recording significant increases in market share and retail comp growth for the twelfth consecutive quarter. The sales from Boots.com account for more than 17% of UK retail sales. Specifically, Boots UK reported a 3% YoY rise in consolidated revenues.

To sum up, the company’s lead in the global market demonstrates its fundamental capacity to adjust to local market conditions and spur expansion.

As of this writing, Yiannis Zourmpanos held long positions in WBD, CVS and WBA. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Yiannis Zourmpanos is the founder of Yiazou Capital Research, a stock-market research platform designed to elevate the due diligence process through in-depth business analysis.

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