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February 5, 2013
12:27 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Disney sees 'difficult' Q1 comparisons in studio unit
Disney (DIS) is scheduled to report Q1 results after the market close on Tuesday, February 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 EPS of 76c on revenue of $11.21B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 70c-80c on revenue of $10.98B-$11.41B... LAST QUARTER: Disney reported Q4 EPS of 68c against estimates for 68c on revenue of $10.78B against estimates for $10.92B. The company's media networks revenue was $4.88B vs. $4.8B a year ago, while its studio entertainment revenue was $1.4B vs. $1.46B a year ago. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Disney forecast "difficult" Q1 comparisons in its studio unit from home entertainment, and said that at cable, domestic sports rights costs will be $170M higher in Q1 vs. last year. The company also said Q1 parks and resorts results would be impacted by a timing shift. During the quarter, Disney announced plans to shut down Disney Movies online, its Web Movie service, as the site wasn't keeping up with user demands, and also said it would shutter Junction Point Studios. Disney also increased its annual dividend 25% to 75c per share. Disney and Netflix (NFLX) announced a multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios. Reuters recently reported that Disney recently started an internal cost cutting review, which could lead to layoffs at its studio and other units... STREET RESEARCH: Stifel Nicolaus expects Disney to benefit from multiple catalysts including a compelling content cycle for its Studio unit and a swing to profitability at its Interactive business. The firm expects Disney's EPS growth to accelerate. B. Riley upgraded Disney to Buy from Neutral on January 23 based on valuation, a strong film slate, higher Theme Park margins and a higher rate card at ESPN... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Disney shares are up almost 8%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 8%. Ahead of earnings, Disney is up almost 0.5% to $54.14.
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October 16, 2014
10:01 EDTDISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:39 EDTDISActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded at Guggenheim
As previously reported, Guggenheim downgraded Disney to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on relative valuation, risk to domestic pay-TV subscriber growth, challenging FY15 film comparisons, and potential for sports-network tiering. Price target lowered to $87 from $96.
07:17 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
October 14, 2014
07:23 EDTDISCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
October 12, 2014
15:10 EDTDISDisney's Maker Studios to create programming for parent company, Bloomberg says
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October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTDISNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
October 9, 2014
18:11 EDTDISDisney CEO Iger says Shanghai Park to avoid Paris' troubles, Bloomberg reports
Disney CEO Bob Iger said the company's theme park in Shanghai, which is slated to open in 2015, will not experience the same problems that its Paris facility did, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
09:20 EDTDISJ.C. Penney says will expand Disney stops in stores to 680 from 500
09:20 EDTDISJ.C. Penney CEOsays will open more Sephora shops in store
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07:13 EDTDISHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
October 6, 2014
10:16 EDTDISNBA confirms new nine-year deal with Turner Broadcasting, Disney
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06:35 EDTDISSecond largest Euro Disney stakeholder to choose on rights issue, Reuters says
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05:17 EDTDISDisney provides statement on recapitalization plan for Euro Disney
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