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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.
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April 17, 2014
16:05 EDTDISAmazon Fire TV's voice search partners with Hulu, Crackle, Showtime Anytime
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April 16, 2014
06:27 EDTDISNBCUniversal planning digital video push
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April 15, 2014
10:10 EDTDISMaker Studios stays with Disney offer, Re/code says
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April 14, 2014
17:53 EDTDISMaker Studios stays with Disney offer, Re/code says
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13:03 EDTDISRelativity Media looks to outbid Disney for Maker Studios, Bloomberg says
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07:09 EDTDISWalt Disney May volatility elevated into investor day
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06:47 EDTDIS'Captain America' surpasses "Rio 2' in weekend box office, LA Times says
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April 11, 2014
10:38 EDTDISDisney to host investor day
Investor Day to be held on April 17 at 12:30 pm. Webcast Link
April 10, 2014
07:21 EDTDISHulu's head of original programming development to leave company, AdWeek says
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April 9, 2014
14:42 EDTDISHSN and Disney Studios announce multi-film collaboration
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April 8, 2014
09:04 EDTDISAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
07:25 EDTDISBook by Pixar president explains growth crisis under Disney, Bloomberg says
"Creativity, Inc," a new book by Pixar's president Ed Catmull, describes three crises the company faced after it was acquired by Disney seven years ago, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Catmull in his book. Reference Link
06:27 EDTDISMajor movie studios file lawsuit against Megaupload, Engadget reports
The MPAA announced that major movie studios have filed a civil lawsuit against filesharing site megaupload two years after federal investigators shut down the website and filed criminal charges against its founder, reports Engadget. The lawsiut targets the site's Uploader Rewards program with the claim that the business model was "designed to encourage theft." Reference Link
April 7, 2014
08:19 EDTDIS'Captain America' sequel breaks records with $96.2M debut, LA Times says
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07:45 EDTDISNoble Financial Capital Markets to hold a forum
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April 3, 2014
14:59 EDTDISWalt Disney volatility low into “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Walt Disney April weekly call option implied volatility at 20, May is at 22, July is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into the release “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

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