The Walt Disney Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Walt Disney is an entertainment company with operations in: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, and consumer products.

The Walt Disney Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 55 cents per share, a rise of 22.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 65 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 55 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.50 per share, a rise of 20.8% from last year.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of 78 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 73 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 8 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $10.36 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $40.82 billion for the year, a rise of 7.3% from last year’s revenue of $38.06 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 12 out of 23 analysts surveyed (52.2%) have a buy rating on Walt Disney Company.. This is below the mean analyst rating of nine competitors, which average 65.1% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 10.9% to $1.48 billion (77 cents a share) from $1.33 billion (67 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.7% to $10.68 billion from $10 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 5.8% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 10% in the first quarter.

The increase in profit in the third quarter came after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, net income fell 1.2%.

Competitors to Watch: CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Journal Communications, Inc. (NYSE:JRN), Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS), Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE:SNI), Entravision Communication (NYSE:EVC), and Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE:ETM).

Stock Price Performance: During September 9, 2011 to November 4, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.72 (12%) from $31.04 to $34.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 9, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 11.6% (+$4.51) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 9.3% (-$3.77) over that span. Shares are down $2.75 (-7.3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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