Disney Offers Longs a Better Look in Post-Earnings After-Hours Trade

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Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) is due with its Q2 results in the extended-hours session today. Analysts are expecting a profit of $0.56 per share on revenue of $9.12 billion, according to the Thomson Reuters survey.

DIS is about mixed with its share performance between the sessions, adding to its evening performance in next-day trade in 15 of its last 27 earnings events. The near-term performance favors widening, doing so in seven of the last nine quarters. For one event of the 27 we had no data recorded.

Looking deeper into the performance data, DIS has recorded an earnings-driven after-hours gain in 14 of the quarters we've tracked, adding to its evening performance in next-day trading in nine events, or 64% of the time. On the downside, DIS has declined 12 quarters tracked in our database, widening its negative trade in next-day action in seven quarters, or 58% of the time.

Here's the historical performance data:

On Feb. 8, 2011, DIS advanced 3.4% in after-hours trading after beating Q1 expectations. The stock firmed higher the following day, closing the Feb. 9 regular session up 5.3%.

On Nov. 11, 2010, DIS gained 1.7% in evening trading after missing Q4 expectations. The after-hours gain followed a 4% regular session decline as DIS issued its quarterly report just ahead of the closing bell. The stock firmed higher in the Nov. 12 regular session, ending up 5%.

On Aug. 10, 2010, DIS gained 1.4% in evening trading after beating Q3 expectations. The stock lost its upside the following day, closing the Aug. 11 regular session down 3%.

On May 11, 2010, DIS declined 3.1% in after-hours trading despite beating Q2 expectations. The stock cut its downside the following day, closing the May 12 regular session down 1.7%.

On Feb. 9, 2010, the stock managed a slim 0.5% evening gain in response to an earnings beat. Shares rose a slightly firmer 0.6% the next day.

On Nov. 12, 2009, DIS gained 2% in after-hours trading after beating Q4 expectations. The stock headed higher the following day, ending the Nov. 13 regular session up 4.7%.

On July 30, 2009, DIS declined 3.5% In after-hours trading after reporting Q3 revenue shy of expectations. The stock slipped deeper in the red the next day, ending the July 31 regular session down 4.2%.

On May 5, 2009, DIS advanced 3.6% in evening action after beating earnings expectations. The stock continued to advance in the May 6 regular session, rising 11.7% by the closing bell.

On Feb. 3, 2009, the stock fell 7% after earnings decline from the year-ago period. The stock fell 7.8% the next day.

On Nov. 6, 2008, the stock fell 4.4% in the extended-hours period after a Q4 earnings miss. Shares rebounded to close up 2.4% the next day.

On July 30, 2008, the stock fell 2.2% during evening trading after a narrow quarterly beat. Shares rebounded to close up 4.2% the next day.

On May 6, 2008, the stock gained 2.7% during evening trading after the company reported ahead of the Street with Q2 results. The gain increased just slightly the next day, when shares ended up 2.8%.

On Feb. 5, 2008, DIS shares were up 5.8% in after-hours action following better-than-expected Q1 results. Traders scaled back the gains the next day, but the stock still stuck to a firm rise, up 4.7%.

On Nov. 8, 2007, the stock fell 1.3% during evening trading after DIS topped with EPS but missed with revenue. The stock fell a deeper 2.6% the next day.

On Aug. 1, 2007, the stock slipped 0.1% in evening trading as EPS top but revs were inline. The stock rebounded to gain 1.5% the next day.

On May 8, 2007, the stock fell 2% in the evening hours after topping with EPS though missing with revenue. The loss was a trimmer 1.1% the next day.

On Feb. 7, 2007, DIS edged up 1.8% in night trading after beating Q1 expectations. However, shares couldn't hold onto its nighttime gains and ended the next day's regular session down 0.5%.

On November 9, 2006, DIS eased 2.3% in after-hours despite beating Q4 estimates. The shares slipped further the next day, closing the regular session down 3.5%.

On August 8, 2006, DIS gained 3.1% in pre-market trading after Q3 results improved from a year ago. However, it lost that strength and ended the regular session down 0.5%.

On May 9, 2006, shares were up 1.7% in night trading after the company reported ahead of the Street with EPS but shy with revenues. Shares gained 1.8% the next day.

On Feb. 6, 2006, shares were up 1.9% following a post-bell earnings release that showed results above the year-ago quarter. The gain swelled to 6.9% the next day.

On Nov. 17, 2005, the stock price fell 2.5% on word the company earned $0.20 per share, better than the FC mean of $0.18 per share, but Q4 revs were $7.7 billion, vs. the FC mean of $7.87 billion. Shares fell 3% the next day.

On Aug. 9, 2005, DIS slipped 1.4% in after-hours trading despite reporting Q3 EPS that topped the Street view by 3 cents. It widened its downside in the Aug. 10 regular session, falling 2.5%.

The company reported its Q2 results in late afternoon regular session trading on May 11, 2005, and the resulting bell-to-bell influence on the stock has us not including that quarter's data and stock movement in our history.

On Jan. 31, 2005 DIS clawed its way to a 0.1% rise in after-hours trading after the company beat expectations. It managed a 0.5% rise by the closing bell on Feb. 1.

On Nov. 18, 2004 DIS advanced 1.5% in evening action after reporting results up over year ago levels. It cut back those evening gains modestly the next day, ending the Nov. 19 regular session up 1.1%.

On Aug. 10, 2004 DIS slipped 0.4% in night trading after beating by two cents and topping revenue expectations. The numbers failed to inspire any next-day follow-on activity by the bulls, and the issue eventually dropped 2.9% by the Aug. 11 bell-to-bell close.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.