Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Thursday. Stock investors acquired 33,640 call options on the stock. This is an increase of 167% compared to the typical volume of 12,579 call options.

In related news, Director Maria Elena Lagomasino purchased 976 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 10th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $102.34 per share, with a total value of $99,883.84. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 7,513 shares in the company, valued at $768,880.42. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 0.38% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in DIS. S&CO Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 2.2% during the 1st quarter. S&CO Inc. now owns 2,760 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock worth $313,000 after acquiring an additional 60 shares in the last quarter. Cordasco Financial Network boosted its stake in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 2.4% during the 1st quarter. Cordasco Financial Network now owns 1,549 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock worth $176,000 after acquiring an additional 37 shares in the last quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 19.6% during the 1st quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC now owns 1,991 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock worth $226,000 after acquiring an additional 326 shares in the last quarter. Grubman Wealth Management bought a new stake in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) during the 1st quarter worth about $264,000. Finally, Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 1.8% during the 1st quarter. Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC now owns 413,408 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock worth $46,876,000 after acquiring an additional 7,230 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 61.47% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Walt Disney Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 11th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $130.00 price target on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Wednesday, June 21st. Vetr downgraded Walt Disney Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $103.55 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, August 21st. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $130.00 price target on Walt Disney Company (The) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Walt Disney Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Sunday, July 16th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and twenty-one have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $113.95.

Shares of Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) opened at 97.07 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $149.83 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.22 and a beta of 1.42. Walt Disney Company has a one year low of $90.32 and a one year high of $116.10. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $103.93 and its 200 day moving average price is $108.10.

Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The entertainment giant reported $1.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.53 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $14.24 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.44 billion. Walt Disney Company (The) had a return on equity of 19.69% and a net margin of 16.22%. The firm’s revenue was down .3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.62 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that Walt Disney Company will post $5.87 earnings per share for the current year.

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About Walt Disney Company (The)

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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