DIS - The Walt Disney Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
132.79
+0.06 (+0.05%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT
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Previous Close132.73
Open133.10
Bid132.66 x 900
Ask132.60 x 900
Day's Range132.22 - 133.29
52 Week Range98.81 - 142.37
Volume4,382,227
Avg. Volume14,226,585
Market Cap238.982B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.68
PE Ratio (TTM)14.86
EPS (TTM)8.94
Earnings DateAug 5, 2019 - Aug 9, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.76 (1.28%)
Ex-Dividend Date2018-12-07
1y Target Est149.22
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    I don't know what Disney (NYSE:DIS) CEO Robert Iger does day to day. However, I'm sure one of his actions over recent weeks involved a face-palming. That's because DIS stock, which is in the middle of a critical pivot, now faces a possibly severe headwind.Source: Baron Valium via FlickrMaking headlines throughout the world is the ongoing and escalating U.S.-China trade war. It's taken a lot of companies like Disney by surprise. Just a month ago, the tea leaves suggested that a resolution was imminent. Both Washington and Beijing agreed to hash out their differences.But a sharply worded Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) posting from President Trump -- is there any other kind? -- scuttled optimism. As usual, the former real-estate mogul doubled down on his about-face sentiment. Fearing losing face to its citizenry and the international community, China pushed back. The trade war is back on, and so, too, are concerns for the Disney stock price.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Safe Stocks to Buy for Anxious Investors For Iger, the situation must be doubly frustrating. He sat on Trump's business council two years ago and was among the execs who advised the President against igniting an all-out trade war. Interestingly, DIS stock was incredibly choppy until relations appeared to smooth out.Now, Iger is exactly where he begged the business gods not to place him in. Like a pivotal point in a Marvel action movie, just when DIS stock gained decisive momentum off its Disney+ streaming platform, shares have slammed into a wall.With competition expanding in the broader entertainment arena, China presented a glowing opportunity. A country four times the size of the U.S. population, the Asian juggernaut was a license to print money.But before giving up on Disney stock, here are three things to consider: DIS Stock Levers "Status Symbol" BrandsOn the surface, a trade war would spark a nationalistic fervor in China against the "imperialist" Americans. Building off the uproar, the Chinese government will urge (or force) its citizens to boycott all U.S.-made goods and services. Naturally, this would hurt the Disney stock price.In reality, I think the reaction toward a company like DIS will be much more nuanced. I say this because social status in China remains an important factor in everyday life.For instance, when we go grab a quick bite to eat at Pizza Hut or McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), we don't think twice about it. But in China, the situation is much different. If you want a slice at Pizza Hut in Xiamen -- owned by Yum China Holdings (NYSE:YUMC) -- you better get a reservation. I'm not kidding!Like the historical impact of the first McDonald's opening in the Soviet Union, the Chinese still have fond memories of western integration. In my view, this helps Disney stock. The underlying brand represents America in ways other brands can't quite capture.As far as status goes, it's an incredible luxury for an average Chinese family to visit Shanghai Disneyland. So, I'm not overly worried about the trade-war impact here. Disney Stock and That Content EmpireAnother area that deteriorating U.S.-China relations can't touch is Disney's content. Quite simply, the Magic Kingdom has plenty of it, and most of these licenses are extremely lucrative.If you follow my writing on InvestorPlace, you'll know that I'm generally bullish on streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). Even with DIS getting into the mix, I'm still optimistic on NFLX because of its powerful original content.Admittedly, though, DIS is taking out Netflix's initial advantage of going first to market with the streaming platform. Moving forward, the two will compete head-to-head mostly on content, which is Disney's strength.Further favoring the Disney stock price is the changing nature of the entertainment consumer. With the mainstreaming of geek culture, most of today's successful movies are science-fiction fare or based on comic books.Of course, this is a huge boost for DIS stock because the underlying firm owns the Star Wars franchise. That is a real license to print money, trade war be damned! And when the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters later this year, I expect record-breaking sales. That includes both domestic and Chinese box offices. Disney is America's Corporate AmbassadorIf tensions get worse -- and that's more than likely -- I can see the Chinese boycotting expensive American goods. I don't think it's any coincidence that General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor (NYSE:F) suffered sharp declines recently.American car companies are on life support. They're only hanging on because of Chinese demand. Surely, the communist government knows this, and they'll go after GM and Ford. By stabbing Detroit in the jugular, China can hand the U.S. a permanently ignominious defeat.But attacking Disney? I don't see it, primarily because this is the most inoffensive brand ever. For one thing, its content, products, and venues appeal to the widest audience possible. Second, Disney is a very diverse brand. Specifically, they're Asian-friendly, which is somewhat important when you're trying to court Chinese viewers.Lastly, we go back to Bob Iger and his short tenure on the President's business council. 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On Dec. 24, Roku saw a 52-week low of $26.30.As Roku released two consecutive strong earnings reports first on Feb. 22 and later on May 8, bullish momentum came back into the stock and the stock kept rewarding the shareholders. Especially after the Q1 earnings released in May, Roku stock soared the next morning as well as the following several trading days. Year-to-date, ROKU stock is up over an eye-popping 170%. Roku's Business Model is EvolvingRoku stock's revenue can be divided into two segments. "Player" which represents sales of its digital media boxes, and "Platform" which includes advertising sales, licensing and other non-hardware revenue sources.In its earlier years, Roku's player segment accounted for about 75%, while its platform segment, which generates revenue mainly through advertising and content partnerships, provided the other 25%.However, these ratios have been changing rapidly. Now the platform segment accounts for the bulk of the company's sales. And Roku's device sales growth is decelerating. The expanding platform business, in return, means that the advertising business is growing.At present, Roku and Hulu, a video streaming service that is majority-owned by Disney (NYSE:DIS), are the market leaders in over-the-top (OTT) advertising. OTT ads are shown on a TV screen through a smart (connected) TV, or streaming device.For example, Roku sells display ads that it shows on its home screen and on its screen saver. The company also offers ads within the videos it streams from particular channels available through the player. ROKU's Impressive GrowthAccording to the earnings result of Feb. 22, in Q4 2018, ROKU's platform revenue, which made up about 45% of total revenue, grew 129% year-over-year (YoY).Then came the earnings release of May 8 which showed a 79% YoY increase in platform revenue to $134.2 million. Now, platform revenue accounts for 65% of total revenue. Roku's accelerating growth has led to a 51% YoY growth in total revenue, which reached $207 million.ROKU stock also reported strong Q1 sales for both Roku TVs and players. More than one in three smart TVs sold in the U.S are Roku TVs. It has indeed taken the lead from Samsung to become the number one selling Smart TV operating system (OS). Roku's OS, which is built specifically for televisions, is also available in Roku streaming boxes.The operating system enables Roku to have a direct relationship with its almost 30 million subscribers, who are increasingly spending more time on the platform.In its quarterly results, ROKU provides guidance on revenue, gross profit, net income, and adjusted EBITDA. In its Q1 2019 earnings, the group impressed investors with guidance on all four metrics that came above expectations for the rest of the year.Adoption of OTT video services will likely increase in double digits both in the U.S and overseas. 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Can Roku's future quarters indeed be as bright as investors want to believe?Unlike Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Roku does not generate content. This is another reason why some investors worry that Roku's revenue growth through subscriptions may simply be not enough to justify the rich valuation. The company still operates at a net loss and is burning cash rather fast.ROKU is facing increasing competition on multiple fronts from several tech and media giants. Rivals such as Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) Chromecast, Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple TV, Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV as well as Disney+.Going forward, will Roku be able to not only hold but also gain ground? As these competitors continue to make their mark in the streaming platform landscape, investors may decide to take some money off the table, pressuring the recent price gains.In March, the stock was hit with several downgrades by analysts who voiced concern at stretched valuation levels. If the broader market does not go up as rapidly as it has done over the past few months, then the momentum in high-flying stocks like ROKU would slow down, too.If Roku cannot keep up with the aggressive growth assumptions, then shareholders may become more concerned with low profits as well as its margins and the stock price could easily suffer. In other words, could the market be getting ahead of itself? Short-Term Technical AnalysisAs a result of the impressive 2019 price gains, short-term technical indicators have become over-extended. Investors who pay attention to short-term oscillators should note that ROKU's technical message has also become "overbought."Therefore, in mid-March, following the downgrades, it was not surprising to see a rapid fall of 14% in one day on the headlines.While long-term investors would now like to see Roku go over the $90 level and reach $100, traders may push the price down and keep the range between $60 and $70, possibly until the next earnings repot in Aug. 2019.Thus in case of a broader market decline in the coming weeks, a pullback toward the mid-$60 level might occur in ROKU stock. The Bottom Line on ROKU StockROKU stock is likely to experience volatility in May and June. So investors should not rush to hit the buy button on Roku in the coming weeks. They may want to wait for the release of the next quarterly statement later in the summer to re-evaluate the balance sheet and the fundamentals.In recent months, ROKU stock has given investors a lot to be optimistic about and investors who buy the shares on the dips are likely to be rewarded handsomely within a few years.In the meantime, Roku may also find itself in the middle of a bidding war from the competitors to be acquired. After all it has experienced strong growth since its IPO and has an enviable advertising business that combines mobile with television.As of this writing, Tezcan Gecgil did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post Look for a Mid-Summer Turnaround for Roku Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.