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November 8, 2012
12:06 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Disney trades slightly higher ahead of earnings report
Disney (DIS) is expected to report Q4 earnings after the market close on Thursday, November 8 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of 68c on revenue of $10.92B. The consensus range is 61c-70c for EPS, and $10.72B-$11.1B for revenue, according to First Call. After reporting better-than-expected Q3 EPS, Disney said it expects CapEx to drop over the next several years. The company recently announced the $4.05B acquisition of Lucasfilm, and analysts and investors will listen for comments from the company on its plans for the company. Disney may also address speculation that it is eyeing Hasbro (HAS), which owns the toy rights to Star Wars and Marvel, both of which have been acquired by Disney. Wells Fargo thinks Lucas is "a great fit" for Disney. The firm believes the deal is similar to Disney's acquisition of Marvel, but with more potential benefit for Disney. At September's Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Disney said the company will see "extraordinary returns" from new cruise ships and that ESPN continues to be a growth vehicle.
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October 12, 2015
06:46 EDTDISSky signs new media deal with Disney, Variety reports
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October 11, 2015
12:26 EDTDISMattel shares could advance 35% in one year, Barron's says
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October 9, 2015
08:20 EDTDISTop quality video content to outperform, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest predicts that companies with top quality video content will outperform, taking share from those with mid-range content. It identifies this trend as positive for Netflix, AMC Networks (AMCX), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). According to the firm, this trend is negative for Viacom (VIAB), Scripps Networks (SNI), Discovery (DISCA), and Comcast (CMCSA)
October 8, 2015
08:04 EDTDISDisney shares a 'great' investment at current levels, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Alexia Quadrani says Disney remains her top pick in Media heading into the earnings reporting season. The owner of ABC and ESPN is seeing continued strength across all segments and is positioned for "strong" results, Quadrani tells investors in a research note. She continues to view the stock as a "great investment" at current levels. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Disney with a $130 price target. The stock closed yesterday down 40c to $103.37.
05:50 EDTDISMulti Screen Media, ESPN announce agreement to create digital platform in India
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October 7, 2015
17:09 EDTDISVice in talks to buy cable network, Bloomberg says
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05:58 EDTDISHulu renews, expands programming deal with Viacom, Deadline Hollywood says
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October 4, 2015
18:42 EDTDISDisney considering demand-based pricing for theme parks, WSJ says
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October 1, 2015
10:37 EDTDISBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q4 2015
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September 29, 2015
15:19 EDTDISDiscovery drops as investor day fails to dispell cord-cutting fears
Shares of Discovery Communications (DISCA) have dropped today as the company held its first-ever investor day amid ongoing concerns about the potential decline of pay TV. NEW GUIDANCE: Discovery Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren updated the company's full year 2015 outlook, saying he expects constant currency adjusted earnings per share to grow in the low double digits. The company expects revenue for the year to grow 9%-10%, with free cash flow up in low single digits. Meanwhile, year over year currency headwinds were seen deducting $460M from revenue and 24c-29c from adjusted EPS. Discovery also established long-term guidance, saying it sees its adjusted EPS compound annual growth rate up in low double digits from 2015 to 2018, on a constant currency basis. "Third quarter results are on track, highlighted by strong U.S. advertising growth," Warren added. THREE BILLION SUBSCRIBERS: CEO David Zaslav commented during the investor day that the company is "confident in the long-term outlook for our business," adding that Discovery expects to reach 3B cumulative worldwide subscribers by year's end. The Chief Executive highlighted what he called five differentiators for Discovery's growth potential, including its ownership of a growing and diverse portfolio of content and IP "that uniquely positions Discovery for the changing media landscape." CORD CUTTING: Multiple Discovery executives showcased the company's European products, including Eurosport and the Eurosport Player OTT service, as well as the company's apparent first-mover advantage in Latin America. The seemingly increased attention on foreign initiatives comes as U.S. cord-cutting trends continue generating headlines, with Citi analyst Jason Bazinet arguing as recently as September 18 that Disney (DIS) would be the only cable network to make more money in a bundle-free world. According to media reports of today's Discovery event, Chief Executive Zaslav said "it's not rational" that media companies are selling so much of their content to streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) that threaten the appeal of cable bundles. The CEO added that Discovery has assumed a 1%-2% decline in pay TV over "the next couple of years," though he reassured investor day attendees that the company's adjusted operating income should be roughly flat even in a worst-case scenario. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Discovery crashed as much as 7% in early morning trading before seeing hesitant moves higher. The stock is down just under 4% to roughly $26.70 heading towards session close.

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