The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) is a textbook story of the power of business diversification. Although the stock has underperformed lately, reporting a 5% loss for the prior three years while the greater S&P 500 has produced a 27% gain, things could be worse — the company’s television empire, its largest division by revenue and operating profit, is under threat in a world where many are choosing to forgo cable.
As an entertainment conglomerate, Disney is better situated than many of its cable-focused peers like Viacom and AMC Networks, which have produced losses of 48% and 32% during the same period. Disney CEO Bob Iger was wise to acquire film rights and/or technology from Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. More recently, Disney’s film division has taken up the slack from a sluggish television business.
However, Disney’s next blockbuster film could be a bust. Here’s why that’s important.
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day trading options: Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.(ETH)
- [By Joseph Griffin]
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day trading options: Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co.(RS)
- [By Logan Wallace]
ValuEngine cut shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum (NYSE:RS) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note published on Wednesday.
Other analysts have also issued reports about the stock. KeyCorp boosted their target price on shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum from $95.00 to $97.00 and gave the company an overweight rating in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. Cowen boosted their target price on shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum from $101.00 to $107.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a research report on Friday, February 16th. Goldman Sachs assumed coverage on shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. They set a neutral rating and a $103.00 target price for the company. Finally, Bank of America set a $97.00 target price on shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $96.71.
- [By Logan Wallace]
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. (NYSE:RS) saw a large increase in short interest in April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 1,297,744 shares, an increase of 48.1% from the April 13th total of 876,450 shares. Approximately 1.9% of the shares of the stock are short sold. Based on an average trading volume of 568,500 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 2.3 days.
- [By Lisa Levin] Companies Reporting Before The Bell
General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.24 per share on revenue of $34.66 billion.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $5.24 billion.
United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.55 per share on revenue of $16.44 billion.
Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.74 per share on revenue of $7.91 billion.
ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $8.81 billion.
PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.93 per share on revenue of $12.4 billion.
American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.72 per share on revenue of $10.42 billion.
Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.74 per share on revenue of $5.01 billion.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.8 per share on revenue of $34.52 billion.
Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.66 per share on revenue of $5.38 billion.
D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE: DHI) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.85 per share on revenue of $3.76 billion.
The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.4 per share on revenue of $1.94 billion.
Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $1.56 per share on revenue of $2.94 billion.
Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE: MO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.92 per share on revenue of $4.63 billion.
Shire plc (NASDAQ: SHPG) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.54 per share on revenue of $3.72 billion.
Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) is projected to report quarter
day trading options: Highwoods Properties, Inc.(HIW)
- [By Shane Hupp]
Daiwa Securities Group Inc. trimmed its holdings in Highwoods Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HIW) by 98.9% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 21,100 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after selling 1,987,006 shares during the period. Daiwa Securities Group Inc.’s holdings in Highwoods Properties were worth $925,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
day trading options: TransUnion(TRU)
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
AGM Group Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AGMH) shares climbed 30.3 percent to $11.05 after climbing 34.60 percent on Thursday.
Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: LLNW) jumped 21.2 percent to $4.9699 following a first-quarter earnings beat. The company also raised its fiscal 2018 estimates.
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) shares climbed 18.8 percent to $7.89 after reporting strong Q1 earnings.
Farmers Capital Bank Corp (NASDAQ: FFKT) gained 15.4 percent to $48.75. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ: WSBC) announced an agreement and plan of merger with Farmers Capital Bank Corporation.
TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) climbed 10.2 percent to $66.76 after the company posted upbeat Q1 results and issued a strong forecast for the second quarter. TransUnion announced plans to acquire Callcredit.
Myomo, Inc. (NYSE: MYO) shares gained 9.2 percent to $3.9299 after rising 8.11 percent on Thursday.
Pinnacle Foods Inc (NYSE: PF) gained 8.8 percent to $60.04 after a 13-D filing from Jana Partners showed an increased stake in the comapny, from 1.42 million shares at the end of last quarter to 10.83 million shares, or a 9.3-percent stake.
Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares climbed 8.8 percent to $26.70 following upbeat Q1 earnings.
OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG) gained 8.5 percent to $12.80 after reporting Q1 results.
Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (NYSE: CLF) climbed 7.5 percent to $7.73 following Q1 results.
Seaspan Corporation (NYSE: SSW) shares climbed 6.7 percent to $7.50. Deutsche Bank upgraded Seaspan from Hold to Buy.
General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) shares rose 4.6 percent to $14.63 after the company reported better-than-expected earnings for its first quarter.
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) rose 4.3 percent to $47.80. Biogen and Ionis have expanded their strategic collaboration to develop drug candidates for a broad range of neurological diseases.
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