News articles about Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) have been trending somewhat negative recently, according to InfoTrie. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 news and blog sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Walt Disney earned a media sentiment score of -1.40 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media headlines about the entertainment giant an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Walt Disney’s analysis:

Shares of DIS opened at $130.89 on Friday. Walt Disney has a 1 year low of $100.35 and a 1 year high of $147.15. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38. The stock has a 50 day simple moving average of $133.43 and a 200-day simple moving average of $135.08. The stock has a market cap of $236.47 billion, a PE ratio of 18.49, a PEG ratio of 4.35 and a beta of 0.96.

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, August 6th. The entertainment giant reported $1.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.76 by ($0.41). The company had revenue of $20.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $21.40 billion. Walt Disney had a return on equity of 13.08% and a net margin of 19.02%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 32.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.87 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Walt Disney will post 5.74 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have commented on DIS. Imperial Capital cut their price target on Walt Disney from $140.00 to $139.00 and set an “in-line” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, September 19th. Wells Fargo & Co assumed coverage on Walt Disney in a report on Monday, September 23rd. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $173.00 price target for the company. Morgan Stanley set a $160.00 target price on Walt Disney and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Moffett Nathanson set a $150.00 target price on Walt Disney and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 7th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $150.00 target price on Walt Disney and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 9th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nineteen have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $151.31.

In related news, EVP Brent Woodford sold 2,200 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.68, for a total transaction of $322,696.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 34,679 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,086,715.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.36% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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