Walt Disney (DIS) – Investment Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes

A number of firms have modified their ratings and price targets on shares of Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) recently:

  • 1/22/2018 – Walt Disney had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Loop Capital. They now have a $106.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/22/2018 – Walt Disney was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $115.53 price target on the stock.
  • 1/16/2018 – Walt Disney was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $115.53 price target on the stock.
  • 1/10/2018 – Walt Disney had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Bank of America Corp. They now have a $144.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $130.00.
  • 1/9/2018 – Walt Disney was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Disney is acquiring majority of Twenty-First Century Fox’s assets, which includes its Film and Television studios accompanied by cable and international TV businesses. The deal provides a bout of fresh air to Disney, which for quite some time now has been jostling in the fast changing media landscape, where rise in streaming and cord cutting have become two faces of the coin. No wonder, the buyout of these assets would considerably enhance the media mogul’s bargaining power with Cable TV providers, increase affiliate fees, provide a fresh lease of life to ESPN and create cost synergies. Further, the addition of Fox's rich library of movies and TV series would greatly enhance Disney’s prospects in the streaming service. Bob Iger will continue to spearhead the company through 2021 for a smooth integration of Fox’s assets into Disney.”
  • 1/9/2018 – Walt Disney had its “sell” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. They now have a $93.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $91.00.
  • 1/3/2018 – Walt Disney was upgraded by analysts at Rosenblatt Securities from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $130.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $115.00.
  • 1/3/2018 – Walt Disney had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $135.00. They now have a “top pick” rating on the stock.
  • 1/3/2018 – Walt Disney was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $113.39 price target on the stock.
  • 1/2/2018 – Walt Disney was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Shares of Disney have outperformed the industry in the past three months. The company is acquiring majority of Twenty-First Century Fox’s assets, which includes its Film and Television studios accompanied by cable and international TV businesses. The deal provides a bout of fresh air to Disney, which for quite some time now has been jostling in the fast changing media landscape, where rise in streaming and cord cutting have become two faces of the coin. No wonder, the buyout of these assets would considerably enhance the media mogul’s bargaining power with Cable TV providers, increase affiliate fees, provide a fresh lease of life to ESPN and create cost synergies. Further, the addition of Fox's rich library of movies and TV series would greatly enhance Disney’s prospects in the streaming service. Bob Iger will continue to spearhead the company through 2021 for a smooth integration of Fox’s assets into Disney.”
  • 1/2/2018 – Walt Disney was upgraded by analysts at Macquarie from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating. They now have a $125.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $112.00.
  • 1/1/2018 – Walt Disney was upgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $112.50 price target on the stock.
  • 12/22/2017 – Walt Disney had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG.
  • 12/20/2017 – Walt Disney was given a new $100.00 price target on by analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein. They now have a “hold” rating on the stock.
  • 12/19/2017 – Walt Disney was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Disney is acquiring majority of Twenty-First Century Fox’s assets, which includes its Film and Television studios accompanied by cable and international TV businesses in a transaction worth $52.4 billion. The deal provides a bout of fresh air to Disney, which for quite some time now has been jostling in the fast changing media landscape, where rise in streaming and cord cutting have become two faces of the coin. No wonder, the buyout of these assets would considerably enhance the media mogul’s bargaining power with Cable TV providers, increase affiliate fees, provide a fresh lease of life to ESPN and create cost synergies. Further, the addition of Fox's rich library of movies and TV series would greatly enhance Disney’s prospects in the streaming service. Bob Iger will continue to spearhead the company through 2021 for a smooth integration of Fox’s assets into Disney.”
  • 12/15/2017 – Walt Disney was downgraded by analysts at Edward Jones from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating.
  • 12/15/2017 – Walt Disney had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. They now have a $135.00 price target on the stock.
  • 12/15/2017 – Walt Disney was given a new $125.00 price target on by analysts at Piper Jaffray Companies. They now have a “buy” rating on the stock.
  • 12/14/2017 – Walt Disney had its price target raised by analysts at Pivotal Research from $83.00 to $91.00. They now have a “sell” rating on the stock.
  • 12/11/2017 – Walt Disney had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Loop Capital. They now have a $106.00 price target on the stock.
  • 12/4/2017 – Walt Disney had its “hold” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Rosenblatt Securities. They now have a $115.00 price target on the stock.
  • 11/29/2017 – Walt Disney was downgraded by analysts at Vetr from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. They now have a $107.36 price target on the stock.

Walt Disney Co (DIS) traded up $0.17 during trading on Monday, reaching $110.59. 10,514,200 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,664,608. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.74. The company has a market capitalization of $167,800.00, a P/E ratio of 19.47, a PEG ratio of 1.94 and a beta of 1.38. Walt Disney Co has a 1-year low of $96.20 and a 1-year high of $116.10.

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The entertainment giant reported $1.07 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.12 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $12.78 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $13.30 billion. Walt Disney had a return on equity of 19.66% and a net margin of 16.29%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.10 earnings per share. analysts predict that Walt Disney Co will post 6.42 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 11th were paid a $0.84 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 8th. Walt Disney’s dividend payout ratio is presently 29.58%.

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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