Walt Disney Co (DIS) Postpones Release of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” by More Than 6 Months


Shares of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) are trading up today despite the bad news that the company will be delaying the release of their next Star Wars film, “Star Wars: Episode VIII”. The news came yesterday when the company announced that the film will likely debut approximately two years after the most recent movie, December 15, 2017. Originally Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) had planned on debuting the next Star Wars film on May 26, 2017, but for unkown reasons they apparently will need more time for filming, which begins next month.

The rise in share price is likely not related to this news, but instead a bounce back after the stock had been pushed down consistently over the last six weeks. In fact just yesterday Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) shares hit new 52-week lows of $90. The stock traded as high as $122.08 back in August of last year. The stock is up 0.43% or $0.4 following the news, hitting $92.94 per share. About 832,930 shares traded hands. DIS has declined 16.68% since June 16, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 7.81%.

From a total of 22 analysts covering The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) stock, 11 rate it a “Buy”, 1 a “Sell”, and 10 a “Hold”. This means that 50% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $136 while the lowest target price is $10.55. The mean of all analyst targets is $118.12 which is 27.09% above today’s ($92.94) stock price. The Walt Disney Company was the topic of 43 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Barclays Capital downgraded shares on January 15 to a “Underweight” rating. Credit Suisse maintained shares with a”Outperform” rating and a $130 target share price in their report from a November 10. Macquarie Research downgraded DIS stock in a recent report from January 5 to a “Neutral” rating. Pivotal Research initiated the rating on October 20. Pivotal Research has a “Hold” rating and a $106 price target on shares. Finally, Topeka Capital Markets maintained the stock with a “Buy” rating in a report they issued on a November 19.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.33 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.15, from 1.18 in 2015Q2. The ratio is positive, as 101 funds sold all their Walt Disney Co shares they owned while 548 reduced their positions. 116 funds bought stakes while 748 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 1.00 billion shares which is 2.38% less than the previous share count of 1.03 billion in 2015Q2.

Winch Advisory Services Llc holds 15.54% of its total portfolio in Walt Disney Co, equating to 104,034 shares. Rit Capital Partners Plc owns 509,000 shares representing 12.14% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Lindsell Train Ltd has 11.54% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 1.65 million shares. The New York-based Klingenstein Fields & Co Llc has a total of 10.54% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Tukman Grossman Capital Management Inc, a California-based fund reported 1.76 million shares owned.

Since March 6, 2015, the stock had 0 insider purchases, and 2 selling transactions for a total of $2.80 million in net activity. Chen John S sold 6,000 shares worth $611,822. Braverman Alan N sold 18,473 shares worth $2.19 million. Woodford Brent sold 2,000 shares worth $237,000. Matschullat Robert W sold 2,965 shares worth $324,545. The insider Lozano Monica C sold 397 shares worth $43,948.

The Walt Disney Company, incorporated on July 28, 1995, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business divisions: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. The company has a market cap of $152.54 billion. Media Networks comprise an array of broadcast, cable, radio, publishing and digital businesses across two divisions the Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN Inc. It has 18.96 P/E ratio. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is a well-known provider of family travel and leisure experiences.