News headlines about Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) have been trending positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Walt Disney earned a daily sentiment score of 2.27 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the entertainment giant an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Walt Disney’s ranking:
- Armbruster Capital Management, Inc. Buys The Walt Disney Co, Global Payments Inc, SPDR Dow … (gurufocus.com)
- Trinity Street Asset Management LLP Buys The Walt Disney Co, Charles River Laboratories … (gurufocus.com)
- FY2019 Earnings Forecast for Walt Disney Co Issued By Imperial Capital (NYSE:DIS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Idyllwild Arts sending students to Walt Disney Concert Hall (pe.com)
- Walt Disney’s great-niece ‘livid’ after finding dejected workers forced to ‘forage for food’ on secret theme park tour (msn.com)
Several equities analysts recently weighed in on DIS shares. Credit Suisse Group set a €38.00 ($44.19) price target on shares of Dialog Semiconductor and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, May 9th. Citigroup set a $86.00 price objective on shares of Prologis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 6th. Guggenheim reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $157.00 price target on shares of Walt Disney in a research report on Tuesday, April 23rd. Loop Capital increased their price target on shares of Walt Disney to $165.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of DLH from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nineteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $144.89.
Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 8th. The entertainment giant reported $1.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.59 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $14.92 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.53 billion. Walt Disney had a return on equity of 15.67% and a net margin of 22.55%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.84 EPS. Sell-side analysts anticipate that Walt Disney will post 6.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 25th. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.88 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, July 5th. Walt Disney’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 24.86%.
In other news, EVP Brent Woodford sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $144.25, for a total transaction of $288,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, EVP Zenia B. Mucha sold 49,561 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $140.00, for a total value of $6,938,540.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 158,423 shares of company stock worth $22,284,125. Corporate insiders own 0.36% of the company’s stock.
About Walt Disney
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company's Media Networks segment operates cable programming businesses under the ESPN, Disney, and Freeform brands; broadcast businesses, including ABC TV Network and eight owned television stations; and radio businesses.
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