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February 4, 2014
12:25 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Analyst predicts Disney will report stronger than expected Q1
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, 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 earnings per share of 91c on revenue of $12.23B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 84c-97c on revenue of $11.92B-$12.54B. LAST QUARTER: Disney reported fourth quarter EPS of 77c against estimates for 76c on revenue of $11.57B against estimates for $11.4B. The company's media networks revenue was $4.95B vs. $4.88B a year prior and its parks and resorts revenue was $3.7B, up 8% from a year prior. The company reported its Q4 cable networks operating income $1.3B. Disney (DIS) Chairman and CEO Bob Iger disputed rumors that the company could be looking to sell its eight ABC TV stations. Iger commented, "These have been good assets for us... We don't comment about acquisitions or divestitures, but I don't think it would be wise to either predict or to conclude that these assets were on the market." NEWS: During the quarter, Disney raised its annual dividend 15% to 86c per share. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Disney's interactive-media unit will cut "several hundred" people from its workforce, with cuts likely starting after the company's quarterly report. Earlier in the quarter, Disney's Pixar Animation Studios laid off less than 5% of its 1,200-person workforce following the delay of its upcoming film, "The Good Dinosaur." Disney elected Twitter's Jack Dorsey to its board of directors. Barron's said Discovery Communications (DISCA) could bid for Scrips Networks (SNI) and that may spark interest in Discovery by Disney, Viacom (VIAB) or Fox (FOXA). Hulu said on its blog that it will reach $1B in revenue in 2013, up from $695M in 2012. STREET RESEARCH: Stifel predicts that Disney will report stronger than expected Q1 results, and expects the company's results to generally be upbeat. Bernstein believes that Disney's stock probably doesn't adequately reflect the value of the A&E Television Network. The firm thinks the network's operating outlook is stable to improving, and it values the asset at $23.5B. B. Riley downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: Year-to-date, Disney shares are down almost 7%. Over the last three months, Disney shares are up over 3%, and shares are up over 1.5% today ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
News For DIS 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 EDTDISSandvine: Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak Internet traffic, Variety reports
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07:23 EDTDISBig 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
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 EDTDISDisney'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 EDTDIS21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTDISUniversal'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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