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Earnings Preview: Disney trades slightly higher ahead of earnings report

Disney (DIS) is expected to report Q4 earnings after the market close on Thursday, November 8 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Analysts are looking for EPS of 68c on revenue of $10.92B. The consensus range is 61c-70c for EPS, and $10.72B-$11.1B for revenue, according to First Call. After reporting better-than-expected Q3 EPS, Disney said it expects CapEx to drop over the next several years. The company recently announced the $4.05B acquisition of Lucasfilm, and analysts and investors will listen for comments from the company on its plans for the company. Disney may also address speculation that it is eyeing Hasbro (HAS), which owns the toy rights to Star Wars and Marvel, both of which have been acquired by Disney. Wells Fargo thinks Lucas is "a great fit" for Disney. The firm believes the deal is similar to Disney's acquisition of Marvel, but with more potential benefit for Disney. At September's Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, Disney said the company will see "extraordinary returns" from new cruise ships and that ESPN continues to be a growth vehicle.