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August 5, 2014
13:19 EDTTWX, DIS, FOXA, FOXEarnings Preview: Disney shares up more than 6.5% over last three months
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, August 5 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. The Walt Disney Company is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.17 on revenue of $12.16B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.07-$1.27 on revenue of $11.73B-$12.6B. LAST QUARTER: Disney reported second quarter EPS of $1.11 excluding items against estimates for 96c, on revenue of $11.65B against estimates for $11.24B. The company's media networks revenue was $5.1B, up 4% from the prior quarter and its Q2 cable networks operating income was $2B, an increase of $250M from the prior quarter. NEWS: During the quarter, Disney closed the previously-announced deal to buy Maker Studios for up to $950M. Variety reported that Disney would lay off about 10% of Maker's 380 employees. The NBA looked to double the TV-rights fees it receives from ESPN's majority owner Disney, sources said, and Reuters said a Fox (FOXA) purchase of Time Warner (TWX) would pose a significant challenge to ESPN. The Hollywood Reporter said Disney is not planning to pursue a stake in Vice Media. Also during the quarter, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of television network owners and against Aereo, which sells a service that allows its subscribers to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. STREET RESEARCH: During the quarter, Barclays initiated Disney with an Overweight rating, as the firm believes new distribution platforms could lead to less leverage and market share loss for the industry. Disney shares were also initiated with a Buy rating and $100 target at Jefferies. PRICE ACTION: Year-to-date, Disney shares are up over 13%. Over the last three months, Disney shares are up over 6.5%. Shares are trading down over 0.5% to $86.75 ahead of tonight's earnings report.
News For DIS;FOX;FOXA;TWX From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
14:01 EDTDISDisney names Christine McCarthy CFO, Kevin Mayer Chief Strategy Officer
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June 29, 2015
14:21 EDTDISDisney announces realignment of Consumer Products, Interactive divisions
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06:00 EDTDISDisney's outgoing CFO to stay on as advisor, Deadline Hollywood reports
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTTWX, FOXA, FOX, DISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $54.2M
For the weekend of June 28, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Jurassic World" topped domestic box office charts at $54.2M. Disney's (DIS) "Inside Out" landed in second place with $52.1M, while Universal's "Ted 2" came in third with $32.9M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Max" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Spy" took fourth and fifth place at $12.2M and $7.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
June 26, 2015
08:28 EDTDISDisney considers $1B Disneyland expansion in tax deal with Anaheim
The city of Anaheim, California said it is expected to consider an entertainment tax policy for the Disneyland Resort at its July 7 meeting as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts evaluates a significant investment in its existing operations in the Anaheim Resort. Disney is evaluating the addition of new attractions to drive attendance with a potential investment that could be valued at $1B. If Disney decides to move forward, it would have until December 31, 2024, to complete its investment under the proposed agreement. The expansion under consideration requires no City funding or bond financing. The resolution going before the Council extends a nearly 20-year agreement with Disney regarding entertainment tax policy.
June 25, 2015
15:07 EDTFOXA, FOXBrian Sullivan named president of digital, Fox Networks Group
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09:08 EDTDISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:28 EDTFOXA, FOXFox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes signs new multi-year contract
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June 24, 2015
16:20 EDTDISDisney plans semi-annual dividend, says raising dividend 15% annually
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14:51 EDTFOXA, FOXSirius XM, Fox News announce partnership on new channel
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14:46 EDTTWXHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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13:58 EDTFOX, FOXAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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12:27 EDTTWXHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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08:25 EDTDISNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
07:43 EDTDISDisney not investing $250M to DraftKings, Re/code reports
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June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTDISHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
June 22, 2015
13:19 EDTDISMarvel Entertainment wins patent dispute over Spider-Man toy, Variety says
The Supreme Court sided with Disney 's Marvel Entertainment in a case involving a patent on a toy owned by Stephen Kimble that shoots web from pressurized foam string, says Variety. The Court would not overrule precedent and ruled in favor of Marvel Entertainment that a patentee cannot continue to receive royalties for a patent after it expires, added Variety. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
19:21 EDTFOXA, FOXFox rejects offers from Vodafone, Vivendi for Sky stake, Telegraph says
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17:57 EDTDISRealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTTWX, FOXA, FOX, DISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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