Walt Disney (DIS) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, InfoTrie Reports

Media coverage about Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) has been trending somewhat positive on Tuesday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media 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 -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Walt Disney earned a daily sentiment score of 1.92 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave headlines about the entertainment giant an news buzz score of 4 out of 10, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Walt Disney’s ranking:

Several equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Walt Disney from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Walt Disney from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 2nd. Imperial Capital raised their target price on shares of Walt Disney from $129.00 to $139.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday. Rosenblatt Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $150.00 target price on shares of Walt Disney in a research note on Monday, April 8th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Walt Disney in a research note on Thursday, April 4th. They set a “buy” rating and a $142.00 target price for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nineteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $130.20.

Walt Disney stock opened at $132.04 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $193.89 billion, a PE ratio of 18.65, a PEG ratio of 3.22 and a beta of 0.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.92. Walt Disney has a 12-month low of $97.68 and a 12-month high of $132.70.

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 5th. The entertainment giant reported $1.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.57 by $0.27. The firm had revenue of $15.30 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.20 billion. Walt Disney had a net margin of 18.46% and a return on equity of 20.50%. The business’s revenue was down .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.89 EPS. Research analysts forecast that Walt Disney will post 6.88 EPS for the current year.

In other news, EVP Zenia B. Mucha sold 33,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $128.88, for a total value of $4,253,040.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Brent Woodford sold 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.35, for a total transaction of $228,700.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 26,517 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,032,218.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 37,000 shares of company stock valued at $4,708,940 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 0.36% of the company’s stock.

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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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