DIS - The Walt Disney Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
+0.03 (+0.03%)
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Previous Close111.01
Bid0.00 x 3200
Ask0.00 x 800
Day's Range110.83 - 111.93
52 Week Range97.68 - 120.20
Avg. Volume8,319,679
Market Cap165.302B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.67
PE Ratio (TTM)13.28
EPS (TTM)8.36
Earnings DateFeb 5, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.76 (1.57%)
Ex-Dividend Date2018-12-07
1y Target Est124.70
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  • CNBC10 hours ago

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  • MarketWatch12 hours ago

    Disney-backed 'Glass' expected to dominate weekend box office

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  • Disney to Show New Streaming Service at April Investor Day
    Bloomberg12 hours ago

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  • Business Wire14 hours ago

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  • InvestorPlace16 hours ago

    Don’t Bet Against Netflix Stock. Just Don’t.

    Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) stock is down about 2% after it reported earnings yesterday that just missed growth estimates. Earnings came in at 30 cents per share of Netflix stocks against analyst estimates of 24 cents. Subscriber additions were also ahead of projections -- by nearly 1 million in the case of international subscriptions. But revenues of $4.19 billion fell slightly short of estimates for $4.21 billion. More importantly, Netflix's forecast for the first quarter of 2019, was well below the 82 cents per share of earnings and $4.61 billion of revenue that Wall Street had been projecting. NFLX projects earnings of $253 million, 56 cents per share, on revenue of $4.49 billion. The selling, however, didn't quite match the buying of two days earlier, after Netflix announced a 13% price hike, to $13 per month for its most popular viewing plan. That sent shares up 6%. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### Netflix Stock's Story Remains Intact What matters is that the growth story for Netflix stock remains intact. Although investors are paying a high price for it. At a market cap of $153 billion, Netflix is selling at 121 times earnings, and almost 10x revenue. Even with the predicted doubling of earnings in 2019, you're still looking at a forward P/E near 82. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Rise of Menswear What justifies the price is the audience, 80 million households viewed Susanne Bier's Bird Box, a number that is light years ahead of most broadcast audiences. For comparison 2018's Super Bowl had 103.4 million viewers. But Super Bowl numbers are down, and Netflix' global audience is now 139 million. Even that trend is in Netflix' favor. Success, however, has a cost. In response to moves by Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), AT&T (NYSE:T) and Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) to cut into its U.S. streaming market, Netflix raised its budget for producing new content. NFLX spent an estimated $8 billion on content this year, and analysts expect that to rise to $16 billion in by 2022. The U.S. price hike, which was not replicated globally, also cuts into the consumer budgets AT&T and Disney are going after. The more money people are already spending on Netflix, the less likely they are to add a second or third streaming channel. Top directors and producers are flocking to Netflix not just for the money, but for the creative control the service offers. A May 2018 deal with Barack and Michelle Obama was typical of the sort of unique programming Netflix tends to deliver. The price, somewhere between $65 and $99 million, was higher than the couple earned for their autobiographies and quite high for people who haven't produced TV before. Total creative control, which Netflix has been giving talent since 2011, should keep it competitive even as rivals ramp up their budgets. ### The Bottom Line for Netflix Stock As I wrote in October, Netflix has become a global presence, while its rivals are just approaching the U.S. market. Netflix stock remains very pricey but it has managed to grow into its ever-higher valuations. Five years ago, when Netflix shares were at about $60, they were considered expensive by analysts who compared it with HBO. A year ago, at $190, they were considered very expensive by analysts comparing them with Time Warner. They opened for trade January 18 at $352 per share, and you'll hear the same talk about how expensive they are. * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying But those who have bought along the way have been richly rewarded. Those who bought Netflix into its bear market bottom of $246, just one month ago, are sitting on gains of 43%. Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying * 7 Beaten-Up Housing Stocks Due for a Bounce Back * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy Compare Brokers The post Don't Bet Against Netflix Stock. Just Don't. appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Sinclair Broadcast Launches Free Streaming Service STIRR
    Zacks17 hours ago

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  • Business Wire18 hours ago

    The Walt Disney Company Announces Extension of Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations for 21st Century Fox America, Inc. Notes

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  • InvestorPlace18 hours ago

    Netflix Stock Cools Down, But It Still Dominates the Space

    The quarterly results Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) posted after Thursday's closing bell rang cold have been worse, but most investors decided they should have been better. Granted, owners of Netflix stock can be a tough crowd to please. They've become accustomed to not just meeting estimates, but handily topping them. When that didn't happen by all key measures, the stock's steep valuation and unfairly high expectations quickly turned into a liability for the company's stock, sending it lower by 3% in Thursday's after-hours trading action. Of course, the ever-changing landscape of the streaming video market along with a lackluster first quarter view may have nudged investors to that conclusion. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### Netflix Earnings Recap For the fourth fiscal quarter ending in December, Netflix turned $4.187 billion worth of revenue into an operating profit of 30 cents per share of Netflix stock. Analysts were collectively calling for sales of $4.21 billion, versus the company's previously-offered revenue guidance of $4.199 billion. Fourth-quarter sales were also up 27.4% year-over-year. The bottom line was down from the year-ago comparable profit of 41 cents, but better than the anticipated 24 cents. Netflix's profits have been tough for anyone to handicap, as spending on international expansion -- and the subscriber additions linked to that expansion -- has varied profitability from one quarter to the next. Arguably more important to shareholders, however, was the streaming giant's subscriber growth of 8.84 million -- a record. Pros had been calling for 7.6 million new accounts, down from the 8.2 million added during the fourth quarter of 2017. The company had previously suggested Q4's subscriber additions would also be around 7.6 million. With no margin for error on any of these criteria, relatively modest beats on a couple of fronts and tepid Q1 guidance, though, shareholders readily turned into sellers. ### Tougher Competition Ahead The lackluster quarterly report comes at a time when Netflix stock owners already had much to think about, for better and worse. Earlier in the week, Netflix announced it would be raising the price of its monthly subscription cost by $1 to $2, depending on which plan subscribers currently utilize. Past price increases have been met with mixed responses, with many of them spurring a measurable slowdown in subscriber additions. But, neither revenue growth nor subscriber growth has ever slowed or contracted permanently. The competitive backdrop is different this time, however, which could finally lead to a mostly unexpected headwind. Competitors, simply put, are finally learning how to compete with Netflix, and are legitimately trying to do so. Hulu, a competing streaming platform backed by Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS), Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), just announced it had expanded its customer base to 25 million thanks to the addition of 8 million viewers last year. It's still a fraction of Netflix's total customer count, but it's notable that Netflix isn't the default go-to choice it was just a few years ago. Meanwhile, so-called "skinny bundles" that don't offer as much variety as traditional cable television does do offer most of what viewers want to watch, continue to gain traction. Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) venture SlingTV, for instance, added another 26,000 users during the third quarter of last year, bringing the total headcount to just under 2.4 million. Most major cable names also now offer some sort of portable version of their service along with a respectable library of on-demand programming, if only as an effort to quell the cord-cutting movement partially driven by skinny bundles. These developments may have contributed to Netflix's user-growth shortfall, though much of the headwind remains in front of the company. Disney is also developing a standalone streaming service that should launch later this year after rolling out a successful streaming version of its ESPN channel last year. Netflix still dominates the space, to be clear, and Netflix stock remains the only pure play for investors looking to plug into the opportunity. But, the company's future may not be quite as heroic as its past now that the market is more saturated and competition is heating up. Of particular concern is the level of spending Netflix will have to take on in an effort to attract and retain consumers that are weighing alternatives. Last quarter's cost of revenue was 23% higher on a year-over-year basis, reaching $2.73 billion. As of the previous quarter, a total of $19 billion in content spending commitments were already on its books. ### Looking Ahead for Netflix Stock As of the most recent look prior to the company's fourth-quarter earnings report, analysts were calling for 2019 revenue of $19.9 billion and earnings of $4.11 per share, both of which would be well up from year-ago levels. Nearer-term, analysts are expecting a per-share profit of 84 cents for the quarter now underway, on sales of $4.60 billion. The company expects per share of 56 cents on revenue of $4.49 billion. Subscriber additions for the first quarter are expected to reach, on average, 7.78 million versus 7.41 million for the comparable quarter a year earlier, though the company said in its Q4 review that it's modeling net additions of 8.9 million. * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying The fourth-quarter and full-year report will likely spur some changes to these outlooks, though minor ones at best. As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying * 7 Beaten-Up Housing Stocks Due for a Bounce Back * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy Compare Brokers The post Netflix Stock Cools Down, But It Still Dominates the Space appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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  • Netflix Loses Tuesday's Breakout on Negative Earnings
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  • TheStreet.com19 hours ago

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  • Tencent considering bid for gaming company Nexon's parent - sources
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  • 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying

    7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying

    One of the world's largest companies -- Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) -- with one of the biggest net cash balances ever -- $122 billion -- continues to promise that it will be "net cash neutral" over time. That means AAPL still has $122 billion to deploy to buybacks, dividends, acquisitions, investments, so on and so forth. At this point in time, it seems the smartest path forward would be for Apple to use that $122 billion on a big-time acquisition. Recent quarterly numbers underscore that peak iPhone is here. While the company has nice growth initiatives through new hardware like the Apple Watch and services businesses like Apple Pay and the App Store, none of those new initiatives are groundbreaking enough to fully replace what will soon be a flat iPhone business. Thus, Apple can either be a tepid growth business forever going forward, or the company can recharge growth by using its huge net cash balance to acquire a hyper-growth company. The second option sounds far more attractive, and should be the route that optimizes long-term gains for Apple stock. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips The list of companies Apple could buy is long. The company has enough net cash to essentially acquire any company in the world. But, the list of companies Apple should buy is short. * 7 Beaten-Up Housing Stocks Due for a Bounce Back Indeed, I think it as short as seven companies. Thus, let's take a look at seven companies that Apple should buy as it aims to be net cash neutral over the next few years. ### Netflix (NFLX) Source: Vivian D Nguyen via Flickr (Modified) The most obvious M&A use of Apple's huge net cash balance is an all-in acquisition of streaming giant Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX). No one can really deny the momentum that Netflix has by simply being the brand name in the streaming market. Nor can they deny the huge potential of that market, as the world increasingly cuts the cord and pivots to streaming, or the competitive moat that Netflix has established through quality and diverse original content. Because of these three factors, Netflix promises to be a big growth company for a lot longer. Apple could use that growth. As the hardware business dries up, the company is doubling down on the software business, and that reportedly includes a big dive into streaming and original content. Netflix would give Apple a head-and-shoulders leader in that market. Apple can also afford that growth. Netflix is a $150 billion company. Some cash and some debt could easily fund this acquisition. Overall, Netflix is a highly attractive target for Apple as the latter pivots toward creating software services to monetize the install base. ### Spotify (SPOT) Source: Spotify If Netflix is a "reach for the stars" acquisition, then Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) is a much more grounded acquisition target with still promising upside potential. Spotify is trying to do in the streaming music market what Netflix did in the streaming video market. Granted, there's no original content, so the moat is much smaller. Also, Apple Music is a thing, and it has already dethroned Spotify in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Thus, this acquisition doesn't provide as much firepower or unique assets as a Netflix acquisition. But, it's also much cheaper, at just $20 billion. It would also give Apple complete control over the streaming music market, a position that AAPL could use to its advantage down the road through exclusivity agreements and price hikes. Plus, as mentioned earlier, Apple is pivoting big time into the software side of its business. Spotify fits right into that wheelhouse. * Top 10 Global Stock Ideas for 2019 From RBC Capital Overall, Spotify is a good acquisition target for Apple because the latter needs mobile software growth to offset plateauing hardware growth, and Spotify gives them just that. ### Disney (DIS) Source: Baron Valium via Flickr Apple wants to get into the streaming and original content market. But, in order to be successful in that market, Apple needs content. Right now, the company doesn't have any. But, Disney (NYSE:DIS) has a bunch of it, and all those content assets are arguably very undervalued today. Disney is a global media company with a brand name that is second to none. The company owns perhaps the most valuable content assets in the world, and between Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar movies, the company dominates the box office every year. The problem with Disney is that, as the world has pivoted to streaming, the company has been slow to catch on, and post box-office content distribution hasn't kept up with the times. Apple is unparalleled in terms of its digital reach to the consumer. Between iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches, most U.S. and global consumers have some digital connection point with Apple. Thus, it should be easy for Apple to push a streaming service. But, AAPL needs the content. Disney has the content, and for only $170 billion (that includes the highly lucrative parks and box office businesses). Overall, Disney is an attractive acquisition target for Apple because, together, the two companies could create a very good streaming service that is rich with content and very easy to access. ### Tesla (TSLA) Source: Shutterstock A lot of investors and analysts are saying that Apple's last truly revolutionary product was the iPhone, and that here hasn't been a breakthrough product ever since. Now, with the iPhone growth cycle on its last legs, those same analysts and investors are saying that Apple desperately needs to find that next breakthrough product before time runs out. Let's say hello to Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA). This is a breakthrough company with not just one, but a portfolio of breakthrough products. That portfolio today includes the Model S, Model X and Model 3. Down the road, it will include many more Tesla vehicles, all of which share the same core electric powered characteristic. The benefits to Apple of such an acquisition would be enormous. Apple has been reportedly working on a car for a long time now, but this project hasn't materialized anything substantial to date. Acquiring Tesla would give Apple broad exposure to the auto market. Plus, Apple could easily incorporate and integrate its numerous consumer-facing hardware and software products more seamlessly into Tesla vehicles. The benefits therein to both Tesla's auto business and Apple's services business would be huge. * 10 Growth Stocks With the Future Written All Over Them Overall, Apple should buy Tesla because Apple needs a breakthrough hardware product to replace the iPhone, and Tesla gives them a portfolio of breakthrough hardware products while also providing synergies with the services business. ### Shopify (SHOP) Source: Shopify via Flickr One of the markets in which Apple has a small presence today is e-commerce. But, Apple has all the resources to make a big play in the e-commerce market. If AAPL does that, a natural first step would be the acquisition of Shopify (NYSE:SHOP). Shopify provides e-commerce solutions for retailers of all shapes and sizes. Essentially, the company helps anyone and everyone create an e-commerce business. This is a big growth market because: 1) e-commerce is only growing in adoption, and 2) as e-commerce grows in popularity, more retailers will shift toward digital, and the e-commerce market will become increasingly decentralized and less consolidated. As such, over the next several years, I predict a majority of e-commerce dollar volume will flow through Shopify-powered stores. Thus, Shopify has all the e-commerce merchants and transactions. Apple creates a majority of the hardware products that enable those transactions. A marriage of these two companies would make perfect sense. Apple would control the whole e-commerce process, and could adapt the iOS ecosystem so that it works seamlessly with Shopify-powered stores, thereby ushering in an era of truly friction-less e-commerce. Overall, if Apple is looking to make a play in the red-hot e-commerce market, a natural first step would be to acquire Shopify, a company that would give Apple access to a large volume of e-commerce merchants and transactions. ### iRobot (IRBT) Source: Shutterstock Going back to the "Apple needs a breakthrough hardware product" theme, a less expensive way to accomplish this than buying Tesla, is to buy iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT). iRobot is a $2 billion company that is known for its robotic vacuum cleaners, Roomba. Roomba has been a huge success for iRobot as the robotic vacuum market has gradually gained traction over the past several years, and this has powered big gains in revenues, profits and the stock. But, Apple isn't interested in a robotic vacuum cleaner. That's too small of a product to move the needle. But, Apple should be interested in the entire consumer robotics space. For iRobot, robotic vacuum cleaners are just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next several years, you will see robotic lawnmowers, robotic window cleaners, robotic car washers, robotic chefs, so and so forth. In sum, all these consumer robotics products provide a huge long-term opportunity. If Apple were to couple its resources and experience with iRobot's leadership position in this market, the two could create an immensely valuable consumer robotics company with multiple breakthrough automation products that become household norms over the next several years. * 7 Bankruptcy Stocks to Watch in 2019 Overall, iRobot is an attractive acquisition target for Apple because, for just $2 billion, Apple could gain entry into what could be a very large consumer robotics market that is still in the early stages of hockey stick growth. ### Roku (ROKU) Source: Shutterstock The last entry on this list may surprise people. After all, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) and Apple are essentially competitors in the streaming device market. But, the synergies of an acquisition far outweigh the costs. Despite Apple's best attempts in the streaming device market, the lion's share of this market still belongs to Roku. The company controls roughly 40% of the streaming device market, and 25% of the smart TV market. Thus, Apple trying to beat Roku in this market, while possible, is an uphill battle. Instead, Apple should just buy Roku. AAPL could absorb the entire streaming player and platform businesses into its own ecosystem, and put other competitors in this market, like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL), at a huge disadvantage. Buying Roku would also be pretty cheap (sub-$5 billion market cap), and it would give Apple wider reach to push a potential streaming service down the road. Overall, as opposed to trying to squash Roku, Apple should just buy them, and create a streaming platform business that is unrivaled in terms of reach and scale. As of this writing, Luke Lango was long AAPL, NFLX, DIS, TSLA, SHOP, ROKU, AMZN and GOOG. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Growth Stocks With the Future Written All Over Them * 7 Reasons Why Buffett's Bet on Apple Stock Is a Good One * 10 Companies That Could Post Decelerating Profits Compare Brokers The post 7 Companies Apple Should Consider Buying appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Facebook (FB) Q4 Earnings Preview: Revenue, User Growth & More

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