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The Walt Disney Company (DIS)

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  • Apr. 18, 2012, 9:40 AM
    Goldman Sachs sees a strong FQ2 for Buy-rated Disney (DIS -0.5%), led by advertising and theme park revenue drivers. The firm slots in EPS for the period at $0.58 - above the consensus mark of the Street.
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  • Apr. 17, 2012, 6:15 AM
    It's a ritual that's usually for established cable channels and network broadcasters, but on Thursday Hulu will pitch original progamming to advertisers. The online video company is also expected to announce that its $8-a-month Hulu Plus service has topped 2M subscribers for the first time.
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  • Apr. 16, 2012, 5:55 PM
    As U.S. box office receipts and DVD sales remain under pressure, Hollywood can take heart in China's potential. In February, China said it would increase the number of foreign films allowed in a year to 34 from 20, and would allow studios to keep 25% of receipts (up from a prior 13.5-17.5%). This comes after a year in which Chinese receipts grew 35% to $2B. Nonetheless, studios remain concerned the Chinese government is ultimately focused on promoting its own film industry.
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  • Apr. 11, 2012, 12:15 PM
    Stung by its $200B boondoggle John Carter, Disney (DIS) is mounting a superhero-style marketing campaign to ensure The Avengers is a blockbuster. Expectations are high, as analysts say the Marvel Comics-inspired movie may generate U.S. ticket sales of $155M in its opening weekend, which would surpass last month's huge start by The Hunger Games.
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  • Apr. 10, 2012, 12:14 PM
    J.P. Morgan's 15 companies it views as potentially the next Apple, sporting "secular growth opportunities, a strong market position and attractive valuation": NTAP, AMZN, LNKD, DIS, CMCSA, TRMB, QCOM, ACN, BRCM, VMW, TIBX, QLIK, ANSS, INTU, CREE.
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  • Apr. 9, 2012, 3:58 PM
    Major media companies take a dive after Citigroup slashes its ratings on CBS (CBS -2.2%), Discovery (DISCA -1.7%), Disney (DIS -2.2%) and News Corp. (NWSA -2.2%) to Neutral from Buy. Time Warner (TWX -1.6%) also tumbles even after the firm hikes its price target on the company to $45 from $40.
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  • Apr. 9, 2012, 7:50 AM
    Deutsche Bank increases its price target on Disney (DIS) to $53 from $48 on the strength of the firm's strong competitive positions and growth potential. Analysts note that Disney trades at a slimmer premium to the S&P 500 P/E than normal. Shares -1.5% premarket.
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  • Apr. 5, 2012, 2:01 PM
    The dependence of U.S. movie studio owners such as DWA, DIS, LGF, CMCSA, NWS, and TWX on international markets continues to grow. IHS estimates the top 100 grossing films in the U.S. received 58.4% of their box office sales overseas, up 110 bps Y/Y. This growing reliance on international receipts, intensified by weak U.S. DVD sales, is problematic for genres such as sports dramas and comedies, which aren't well-received overseas.
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  • Apr. 4, 2012, 6:46 AM
    Disney (DIS) signs a deal with U.K. firm Blinkbox that will allow it to offer content to be released straight to customer's laptops, tablets, or smart TVs on the same day titles are released on DVD.
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  • Mar. 30, 2012, 12:44 PM
    Disney (DIS +1.4%) gains on an upgrade to Buy on valuation at Lazard Capital, citing secular positive program fee growth, and a strong net cash position that can be used for repurchases or acquisitions.
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  • Mar. 30, 2012, 8:10 AM
    Disney (DIS) plans to develop mobile social games with Japanese firm DeNA as it continue to try and take its movie characters from the big screen to mobile devices and online. The companies plan to start with a launch of two games in Japan based on Disney characters before evaluating ways to expand their venture. Shares of DIS +0.6% premarket.
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  • Mar. 28, 2012, 2:58 PM
    News Corp. (NWSA, NWS) plans to take on Disney's (DIS -1.6%) ESPN with its own sports network that could appear on sets before the end of the year. Sources tip off that the company already has the clearance of some carriers including DirecTV to add the new network to its programming.
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  • Mar. 27, 2012, 9:11 AM
    Apple's (AAPL) Siri may soon be delivering sports scores as a partnership with Disney's (DIS) ESPN broadens. The sports network has an API that strategic developers can use to access real-time sports scores - making it a nice fit for Siri as it takes away fans' need to access browsers or apps on their smartphones to follow games.
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  • Mar. 26, 2012, 1:51 PM
    Disney (DIS) is preparing to launch Animal Kingdom Explorers, a "hidden objects" Facebook game that follows up on the smash hit Gardens of Time. Disney is hoping the extensive use of its brand and theme park tie-ins will make its latest game harder to copy than Gardens of Time, which now competes with clones from Zynga (ZNGA) and others. (also)
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  • Mar. 22, 2012, 4:59 PM
    Internet service providers are urged by the FCC to adopt practices to thwart the hijacking of internet traffic to unintended destinations, and to prevent the posting of fake web pages that lure consumers to counterfeit sites. ISPs have opposed new regulations protecting computer networks from hacker attacks, preferring voluntary sharing of info about cyber threats.
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  • Mar. 21, 2012, 8:37 AM
    Nomura adds Disney (DIS) to its Conviction Buy list as the company puts the John Carter flop in its rear-view mirror. Analysts with the firm point to Disney's strong core assets and enticing valuation. Shares +0.2% premarket.
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Walt Disney Co, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified entertainment company with operations in five business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive.