At 9:30 AM PST today, thousands of people-some in cosplay-will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center to officially kickoff this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego. From tomorrow through Sunday, comic books, video games, movies, TV shows, and other pieces of pop culture will be front and center as fans glimpse sneak peeks of highly-awaited upcoming releases, play games, and get surprised.
Attendees will see trailers for the new season of AMC's (NASDAQ:AMCX) wildly popular show The Walking Dead and Lions Gate's (NYSE:LGF) Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Mashable speculates that 20th Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) will show something spectacular on Friday, as it's the lone major studio presenting that day and has yet to offer any details about its mystery comic book film set to bow on July 13, 2018.
Marvel (NYSE:DIS) will also appear at Comic-Con, though no one quite knows what the studio has up its sleeves. Warner Bros (NYSE:TWX) will show footage from The Hobbit and Mad Max: Fury Road, and some are hoping that the studio will give fans a first look at Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In total, over 130,000 people are expected to attend this year's Comic-Con; however, the convention's reach extends well past the crowd descending upon San Diego. Several panels have ended up on YouTube, and in that past they have logged more than one million views (as was the case with Tom Hiddleston's surprise in-character appearance at last year's Marvel panel).
The anticipation surrounding Comic-Con inspired us to look for investment opportunities among stocks involved with this year's festivities. We began with a group comprised of entertainment stocks participating in panels at this week's Comic-Con. Next, we screened that group for stocks that are rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day simple moving averages [SMA] as of July 23rd.
This signals that the stocks have strong upward momentum, and an enthusiastic response from the Comic-Con crowd could send them up even more. On the other hand, a bad display may be met with more than just boos and angry Internet threads: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) saw its stock drop 1.7% immediately after a disastrous conference at E3 last year.
Next, we screened that group for stocks that have outperformed the market this month thus far. Again, it's possible that good showing over the next couple of days can get fans and investors excited about what these stocks have to offer.
1. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA): Provides entertainment, information, and communications products and services in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $141.72B, most recent closing price at $54.63.
The stock is rallying 0.72% above its 20-day SMA, 3.54% above its 50-day SMA, and 8.01% above its 200-day SMA.
Comcast has outperformed the market by 4.02% this month.
NBC Universal, a Comcast subsidiary, will have panels for two television shows-Hannibal and the upcoming Constantine-as well as a panel for Syfy's Sharknado 2.
2. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.: Engages in the motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, new channel platforms, and digital distribution activities. Market cap at $4.54B, most recent closing price at $31.88.
The stock is rallying 9.26% above its 20-day SMA, 14.63% above its 50-day SMA, and 7.11% above its 200-day SMA.
Lions Gate Entertainment has outperformed the market by 16.78% this month.
The stars of Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the third installment in the popular franchise, will debut the film's first trailer on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S at the Capitol Gallery in the Samsung Galaxy Experience at the Hard Rock Hotel.
3. Microsoft Corporation: Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $373.04B, most recent closing price at $44.83.
The stock is rallying 6.54% above its 20-day SMA, 9.48% above its 50-day SMA, and 18.91% above its 200-day SMA.
Microsoft has outperformed the market by 7.56% this month.
The tech titan will show two video games at the convention: Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
4. Time Warner Inc.: Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $74.64B, most recent closing price at $86.78.
The stock is rallying 13.89% above its 20-day SMA, 20.66% above its 50-day SMA, and 30.94% above its 200-day SMA.
Time Warner has outperformed the market by 27.06% this month.
Thanks to its subsidiaries, Time Warner is making a formidable showing at this year's Comic-Con. HBO's Game of Thrones and True Blood will have panels, along with Cartoon Network's Adventure Time and Warner Bros. TV's upcoming Gotham and The Flash series. The Warner Bros. studio will also hold panels for The Hobbit, Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Interstellar, which it is jointly producing with Paramount (NASDAQ:VIAB).
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Business relationship disclosure: Kapitall is a team of analysts. This article was written by Mary-Lynn Cesar, one of our writers. We did not receive compensation for this article (other than from Seeking Alpha), and we have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.