Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) was the recipient of unusually large options trading activity on Thursday. Stock traders bought 33,640 call options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 167% compared to the average volume of 12,579 call options.

A number of analysts recently commented on DIS shares. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective (down previously from $130.00) on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Monday, May 15th. Macquarie downgraded shares of Walt Disney Company (The) from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $90.32 to $105.00 in a report on Wednesday, May 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $130.00 price objective on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Friday, May 19th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “sell” rating and set a $95.00 price objective on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in a report on Friday, May 19th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) set a $134.00 price objective on shares of Walt Disney Company (The) and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, May 20th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating and twenty-one have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $113.98.

In related news, Director Maria Elena Lagomasino acquired 976 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 10th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $102.34 per share, with a total value of $99,883.84. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 7,513 shares in the company, valued at $768,880.42. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 13.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Lee Financial Co raised its position in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 7.6% in the second quarter. Lee Financial Co now owns 1,052 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $112,000 after purchasing an additional 74 shares during the period. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in the first quarter valued at approximately $144,000. Krilogy Financial LLC raised its position in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 13.2% in the second quarter. Krilogy Financial LLC now owns 1,422 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $151,000 after purchasing an additional 166 shares during the period. IHT Wealth Management LLC raised its position in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) by 34.3% in the second quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 15,377 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $152,000 after purchasing an additional 3,923 shares during the period. Finally, BDO Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Walt Disney Company (The) in the second quarter valued at approximately $153,000. 61.48% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Walt Disney Company (DIS) opened at 97.09 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $149.86 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.22 and a beta of 1.42. Walt Disney Company has a 52 week low of $90.32 and a 52 week high of $116.10. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $103.83 and a 200 day moving average of $108.06.

Walt Disney Company (The) (NYSE:DIS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The entertainment giant reported $1.58 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.53 by $0.05. Walt Disney Company (The) had a net margin of 16.22% and a return on equity of 19.69%. The company had revenue of $14.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $14.44 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.62 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Walt Disney Company will post $5.84 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Walt Disney Company (The) Company Profile

The Walt Disney Company is an entertainment company. The Company operates in four business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media. The media networks segment includes cable and broadcast television networks, television production and distribution operations, domestic television stations, and radio networks and stations.

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