Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirty-six research firms that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $116.80.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on DIS shares. Vetr downgraded Walt Disney Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $114.56 price objective on the stock. in a research report on Monday, February 27th. Instinet reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $120.00 price objective on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a research report on Wednesday, March 8th. Guggenheim upgraded Walt Disney Company (The) from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, March 14th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $130.00 price objective on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a research report on Thursday, March 16th. Finally, Drexel Hamilton reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st.

Shares of Walt Disney Company (DIS) traded down 0.2788% during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $105.2158. The stock had a trading volume of 3,522,201 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $108.52 and a 200-day moving average of $109.02. Walt Disney Company has a one year low of $90.32 and a one year high of $116.10. The stock has a market cap of $164.65 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.3495 and a beta of 1.39.

Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 9th. The entertainment giant reported $1.50 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.45 by $0.05. Walt Disney Company (The) had a return on equity of 19.81% and a net margin of 16.63%. The firm had revenue of $13.34 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $13.44 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.36 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts expect that Walt Disney Company will post $5.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Walt Disney Company (The) news, Chairman Robert A. Iger sold 797,578 shares of Walt Disney Company (The) stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $105.09, for a total transaction of $83,817,472.02. Following the completion of the sale, the chairman now directly owns 1,566,484 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $164,621,803.56. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Brent Woodford sold 2,000 shares of Walt Disney Company (The) stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, April 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $114.50, for a total value of $229,000.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 27,745 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,176,802.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 811,721 shares of company stock valued at $85,370,302 over the last ninety days. 13.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Thomas J. Herzfeld Advisors Inc. purchased a new stake in Walt Disney Company (The) during the fourth quarter valued at $110,000. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. increased its stake in Walt Disney Company (The) by 25.1% in the first quarter. Stuart Chaussee & Associates Inc. now owns 1,123 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $127,000 after buying an additional 225 shares during the last quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Walt Disney Company (The) during the first quarter valued at $144,000. New Capital Management LP purchased a new stake in Walt Disney Company (The) during the fourth quarter valued at $139,000. Finally, Balentine LLC increased its stake in Walt Disney Company (The) by 20.7% in the first quarter. Balentine LLC now owns 1,425 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $162,000 after buying an additional 244 shares during the last quarter. 63.70% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Walt Disney Company (The) Company Profile

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company. The Company operates in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The media networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations.

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