News coverage about Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) has trended somewhat positive on Saturday, InfoTrie reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Walt Disney earned a daily sentiment score of 0.92 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the entertainment giant an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Walt Disney’s analysis:

Shares of DIS stock traded up $2.00 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $118.00. 16,875,988 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 7,903,162. Walt Disney has a twelve month low of $97.68 and a twelve month high of $120.20. The stock has a market cap of $174.08 billion, a PE ratio of 16.67, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.48 and a beta of 1.17. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a current ratio of 0.88.

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 8th. The entertainment giant reported $1.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.31 by $0.17. Walt Disney had a return on equity of 21.37% and a net margin of 20.76%. The company had revenue of $14.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $13.76 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.07 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 11.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Walt Disney will post 7.25 earnings per share for the current year.

Several analysts recently commented on DIS shares. Imperial Capital raised their target price on Walt Disney from $108.00 to $112.00 and gave the company an “inline” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 8th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Walt Disney from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 1st. Pivotal Research restated a “sell” rating and issued a $95.00 target price on shares of Walt Disney in a research report on Sunday, September 23rd. ValuEngine upgraded Walt Disney from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 19th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and issued a $140.00 target price on shares of Walt Disney in a research report on Wednesday, August 8th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company. Walt Disney has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $120.99.

In other news, EVP Mary Jayne Parker sold 29,192 shares of Walt Disney stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $117.99, for a total transaction of $3,444,364.08. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 29,199 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,445,190.01. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Brent Woodford sold 952 shares of Walt Disney stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $111.87, for a total value of $106,500.24. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 26,698 shares in the company, valued at $2,986,705.26. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 78,838 shares of company stock worth $9,391,319. 0.38% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Walt Disney

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company's Media Networks segment operates cable programming services under the brand ESPN, Disney, and Freeform; broadcast businesses, which include the ABC TV Network and eight owned television stations; radio businesses consisting of the ESPN Radio network; and the Radio Disney network.

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