Disney’s Lukewarm Quarter, Honda Grows Facility Investments, and 3 More Hot Stocks
Disney (NYSE:DIS): Disney’s reported earnings per share of $1.03 beat estimates by 2 cents, while revenue of $11.05 billion missed expectations by $14 million. The company’s Parks and Resorts segment saw gains of 7 percent to $3.68 billion, while Studio Entertainment slid 2 percent to $1.59 billion, Media Network increased by 5 percent to $5.35 billion, and Consumer Products grew 4 percent to $775 million. Theme park guest spending was lifted by new guest offerings and the MyMagic+ wristband initiative.
Honda Motor Co. (NYSE:HMC): Honda is planning on infusing 1 billion reais ($435 million) into a second factory in Brazil, sources told Bloomberg. The plant — about 125 miles south of Sao Paulo — will start production of compact cars in 2015. The announcement comes nearly in tandem with a statement revealing that Honda will pour another $215 million into its plant in Ohio, as well as the construction of two training centers in the state.
Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX): EPS of 83 cents handily beat projections by 7 cents, as revenue of $7.4 billion also beat, by $0.3 billion. The networks segment revenue increased 6.8 percent year-over-year during the quarter, as higher subscription revenue and solid ad growth at Turner Networks bolstered performance. Publishing revenue fell 2.9 percent to $833 million, as publishing advertising sales remained weak. However, the company has increased its outlook for the year, saying it now sees EPS growing at a mid-teens rate off of last year’s $3.24 figure.
AOL Inc. (NYSE:AOL): Though EPS of 35 cents missed projections by 8 cents, revenue of $541.3 million did beat, by $1.64 million. The company says that says Adap.tv provides a “unified yield management platform” for advertisers and website publishers to be used for planning, targeting, ad serving, and measurement. The program’s revenues have grown over 100 percent over the past three years, and it has been widely adopted by major advertisers and publishers, Seeking Alpha notes.
American International Group (NYSE:AIG): AIG has extended the deadline for the sale of its $4.8 billion ILFC aircraft leasing unit to a Chinese consortium until August 31 as previous deadlines have passed and AIG is once again exploring the notion of an IPO of the unit. The consortium includes P3 Investments, New China Trust Co. (one-fifth owned by Barclays PLC), and China Aviation Industrial Fund.