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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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September 16, 2014
07:27 EDTDISBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTDISCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
07:29 EDTDISSony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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September 12, 2014
14:50 EDTDISDisney confirms plans for 'Frozen' attraction at Disney World
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September 10, 2014
13:48 EDTDISDisney CFO says digital ads growing 'much faster' than tv advertising
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13:11 EDTDISDisney CFO says Maker integration going well
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTDISApple announces Apple Pay
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13:58 EDTDISStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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September 5, 2014
09:18 EDTDISDISH debuts ESPN Fantasy Football app
As the NFL kicks off its 2014 season, DISH (DISH) is adding an ESPN Fantasy Football app that delivers fantasy stats directly to customers’ TV screens. ESPN is owned by Disney (DIS).
06:01 EDTDISESPN head doesn't see people using Google for big sports events, Re/code reports
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September 3, 2014
16:20 EDTDISChesapeake Lodging to acquire JW Marriott property and sell Courtyard Anaheim
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06:03 EDTDISDISH plans to call upcoming internet TV service Nutv, GigaOM reports
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September 2, 2014
07:36 EDTDISDisney wins another weekend with 'Guardians,' LA Times reports
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06:34 EDTDISA+E Networks could buy 10% of Vice Media for $250M, WSJ reports
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