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August 5, 2014
13:19 EDTFOXA, FOX, TWX, DISEarnings 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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May 28, 2015
19:33 EDTDISDisney surveys annual pass holders on 'demand pricing,' LA Times says
Disney has sent an online survey to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts annual pass holders gauging their opinion on a tiered pricing system that would label theme park tickets gold, silver, or bronze, with varying levels of park access for each tier, the LA Times reports, citing a copy of the survey. According to the survey, the hypothetical $115 gold tickets could be redeemed any day of the year, $105 silver tickets would not be usable during peak days or popular holiday periods, and $99 bronze tickets would be limited to off-peak weakends. Reference Link
10:02 EDTFOX, DISSandvine: Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak Internet traffic, Variety reports
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09:20 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed debt offering
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07:23 EDTDIS, FOXA, FOXBig four networks aim to own more of their programs, WSJ reports
The percentage of shows that the big four television networks own or have a stake in has risen in recent years as owning shows has become a priority due to lucrative rerun and cross platform rights, said The Wall Street Journal. Walt Disney’s (DIS) ABC will own or have a stake in almost 70% of its coming schedule, compared with 48% in 2010, while Fox (FOXA), CBS (CBS) and Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC will also own or have stakes in the majority of their lineups' shows, the report noted. Reference Link
05:57 EDTDISGoPro CEO says media business 'a lot like Disney,' Re/code reports
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May 27, 2015
09:40 EDTTWXHBO may consider discounted prepaid plans, Cut Cable Today reports
Time Warner's HBO may consider discounted prepaid plans in the future, reports Cut Cable Today. Citing a HBO customer satisfaction survey, HBO asked, “If these offers were available to you for one-time only, how likely would you be to take advantage of each in the next three months?” Participants were then presented with four different potential discounts. Reference Link
06:02 EDTDISCMGE enters into cooperation with Disney to publish Star Wars: Commander
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May 26, 2015
07:07 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $115-$129 from $113-$118 at Wells Fargo
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May 25, 2015
12:50 EDTDIS, FOX, TWX, FOXADisney's 'Tomorrowland' leads U.S. weekend box office with $32.2M
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May 21, 2015
12:52 EDTDISESPN and StubHub agree to content distribution deal, Variety reports
Disney's (DIS) ESPN has agreed to a content distribution deal with eBay's (EBAY) StubHub, reports Variet. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN plans to feed scores, team stats and articles to StubHub's app, a feature that will be available in the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. Reference Link
May 19, 2015
08:11 EDTDISVerizon CFO says customers 'tired of paying for 300 channels'
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06:29 EDTFOX, DIS21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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May 18, 2015
17:26 EDTFOXA, FOXValueAct reports 5.5% stake in 21st Century Fox Class B shares
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07:27 EDTFOXAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTTWX, DISUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.

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