Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of -1.23

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Media stories about Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) have been trending somewhat negative recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Walt Disney earned a news sentiment score of -1.23 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news stories about the entertainment giant an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Walt Disney’s ranking:

Shares of DIS stock opened at $144.67 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $265.07 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.07, a P/E/G ratio of 5.50 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a current ratio of 0.89 and a quick ratio of 0.84. Walt Disney has a 1-year low of $100.35 and a 1-year high of $150.63. The firm has a fifty day moving average of $132.24 and a two-hundred day moving average of $136.35.

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 7th. The entertainment giant reported $1.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.12. Walt Disney had a net margin of 15.89% and a return on equity of 11.38%. The company had revenue of $19.10 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.02 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.48 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 33.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, sell-side analysts expect that Walt Disney will post 5.62 EPS for the current year.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co lowered their price target on shares of Walt Disney from $173.00 to $167.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Friday, November 8th. Imperial Capital raised their price target on shares of Walt Disney from $139.00 to $141.00 and gave the company an “in-line” rating in a report on Monday, November 11th. Tigress Financial reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Walt Disney in a report on Monday, August 26th. Morgan Stanley set a $160.00 price objective on shares of Walt Disney and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Finally, UBS Group decreased their price objective on shares of Walt Disney from $165.00 to $155.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, November 6th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $152.52.

In other news, EVP Brent Woodford sold 4,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $149.00, for a total value of $596,000.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 36,479 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,435,371. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, CFO Christine M. Mccarthy sold 4,617 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $139.20, for a total transaction of $642,686.40. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 135,756 shares in the company, valued at $18,897,235.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company 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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