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  • 09/12/2017 09:31:39

    J.J. Abrams to write and direct 2019's 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Filmmaker J.J. Abrams will write and direct the ninth installment of the ongoing "Star Wars" saga, Walt Disney Co said Tuesday, a week after the film lost its writer-director due to creative differences with the studio.

  • 09/08/2017 14:09:18

    Orlando theme parks brace for Hurricane Irma

    Walt Disney World said its theme park in Florida would remained closed on Sunday and Monday, joining a growing list of top Orlando attractions that are bracing for Hurricane Irma, which is poised to strike the state on Sunday. While some of its units will close early on Saturday, resort hotels will remain open, Walt Disney World said in a blog post on Friday.

  • 09/08/2017 08:18:03

    Disney price target cut at UBS as company faces new streaming costs, impact of Hurricane Irma

    Analysts at UBS lowered their 2017 and 2018 earnings estimates for Walt Disney Co. , also dropping the 12-month price target to $122 from $126 on Friday after Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told investors that the company's earnings growth would be stagnant. During a Bank of America media, communications and entertainment conference on Thursday, Iger told those in attendance that 2017 earnings would be roughly in line with the prior year's earnings, lowering expectations from previous guidance of modest growth. Disney shares took a 5% slide during intraday trading on Thursday following Iger's comments. The lower earnings expectations, Iger said, are due, in part, to expenses tied to Disney's BAMTech investment for its stand alone streaming service and impacts Disney parks are seeing from Hurricane Irma. Lead UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson also mentioned in a note to investors lower ratings at Disney's ABC network and tough content and licensing comparisons. "Many investors are questioning how Disney's valuation can expand while estimates are coming down due to investments in the future," Mitchelson wrote, noting the irony as investors have demanded media companies stop licensing content and build streaming platforms of their own. "This is compounded by the uncertainty as to the pace of decline of the pay TV bundle and the impacts of video fragmentation. As Disney officially starts its streaming shift, Mitchelson said it's critical that ESPN demonstrate pricing power, that cable losses are shored up by virtual multichannel video programming distributors, that content and the parks business continues executing, and that Disney displays cost discipline. Disney shares have declined nearly 7% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 index is up 10% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up more than 10%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 12:51:13

    Disney, Goldman stocks cut nearly 60 points from Dow industrials

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading in negative territory Thursday afternoon, with shares of Walt Disney Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., proving the biggest drags on the benchmark. Shares of Disney were down $5.13, or 5%, by far the worst performer among the Dow's 30 components and slicing more than 35 points from the price-weighted gauge. A $1 swing in any Dow component equates to a move of 6.89 points. The Dow was off 47 points, or 0.2% at 21,759, while the S&P 500 index was down 0.1% at 2,463, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was up about 0.1% at 6,396. During a Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the entertainment and media giant will report annual earnings "roughly in line" with what the company generated in fiscal year 2016 at about $5.72, disappointing analysts average, annual estimates for full-year earnings a share of $5.89. Other media stocks also fell on the news, including CBS and 21st Century Fox . Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s shares also pressured the Dow as benchmark yields trade near fresh November lows, at 2.06%, for the 10-year Treasury note . That fact and diminished expectations for more rate increases by the Federal Reserve in 2017 weighs on a bank's business model. Combined, Goldman and Disney's stock were dragging the Dow down by about 60 points. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 11:36:27

    Media sector suffers selloff after Disney, Comcast give guidance scaring investors

    A handful of media stocks took a dive on Thursday after Walt Disney Co. warned that the media and entertainment company's 2017 earnings would be "roughly in line" with last year, and Comcast Corp. management told investors it is likely to lose 150,000 video subscribers during the third quarter. Comcast led the sector down, falling more than 7%, while Disney shares dropped more than 4%. Shares of Altice USA Inc. were down nearly 6% during intraday trade on Thursday, while shares of Viacom Inc. and 21st Century Fox Inc. were down more than 4%. CBS Corp. , AMC Networks Inc. and Sinclair Broadcasting Group Inc. shares fell more than 3%. Shares of Discovery Communications Inc. , MSG Networks Inc. and Dish Network Corp. were down more than 2%. In the year to date, Disney shares are down more than 6%, while shares of Comcast are up nearly 12% and the S&P 500 index is up more than 10% in the year. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 11:23:33

    Disney stock cuts almost 30 points from Dow industrials

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading in negative territory Thursday afternoon, with shares of Walt Disney Co., and Apple Inc., proving the biggest drags on the benchmark. Shares of Disney were down $4.34, or 4.3%, the worst performer among the Dow's 30 components and slicing almost 30 points from the price-weighted gauge. A $1 swing in any Dow component equates to a move of 6.89 points. The Dow was off nearly 40 points, or 0.2% at 21,766, while the S&P 500 index was down 0.1% at 2,463, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was up about 0.1% at 6,396. During a Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the entertainment and media giant will report annual earnings "roughly in line" with what the company generated in fiscal year 2016 at about $5.72, disappointing analysts average, annual estimates for full-year earnings a share of $5.89. Other media stocks also fell on the news, including CBS and 21st Century Fox . Meanwhile, Apple Inc.'s shares also pressured the Dow after a report from The Wall Street Journal that said the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has been plagued by production glitches as it looks to roll out its latest update to its smartphone lineup with the the iPhone 8. Apples shares were down 62 cents or 0.4%, in most recent trade. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 11:15:02

    Disney's profit warning drags down media stocks

    - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger said on Thursday the company's earnings per share for this year will roughly be in line with a year ago, dragging down shares of media stocks. Iger also said Disney's (DIS) streaming service would exclusively feature movies from blockbuster franchise "Star Wars" and Marvel films such as "Avengers" and "Iron Man".

  • 09/07/2017 10:48:55

    Disney, Apple stocks cut 30 points from Dow industrials

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading in negative territory Thursday afternoon, with shares of Walt Disney Co., and Apple Inc., proving the biggest drags on the benchmark. Shares of Disney were down $3.70, or 3.6%, the worst performer among the Dow's 30 components and slicing about 25 points from the price-weighted gauge. A $1 swing in any Dow component equates to a move of 6.89 points. The Dow was off nearly 60 points, or 0.3% at 21,753, while the S&P 500 index was down 0.2% at 2,461, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was up about 0.2% at 6,388. During a Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger said the entertainment and media giant will report annual earnings "roughly in line" with what the company generated in fiscal year 2016 at about $5.72, disappointing analysts average, annual estimates for full-year earnings a share of $5.89. Other media stocks also fell on the news, including CBS and 21st Century Fox . Meanwhile, Apple Inc.'s shares also pressured the Dow after a report from The Wall Street Journal that said the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant has been plagued by production glitches as it looks to roll out its latest update to its smartphones: the iPhone 8. Apples shares were down 85 cents or 0.5%, in most recent trade. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 10:39:32

    Disney stock cuts 25 points from Dow industrials after Iger lowers earnings expectations

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading in negative territory Thursday afternoon, with shares of Walt Disney Co., proving the biggest drag on the benchmark after its CEO issued an earnings warning. Shares of Disney were down $3.60, or 3.6%, the worst performer among the Dow's 30 components and slicing about 25 points from the price-weighted gauge. A $1 swing in any Dow component equates to a move of 6.89 points. The Dow was off nearly 60 points, or 0.3% at 21,753, while the S&P 500 index was down 0.2% at 2,461, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was up about 0.2% at 6,388. During a Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Disney CEO Iger said the entertainment and media giant will report annual earnings "roughly in line" with what the company generated in fiscal year 2016 at about $5.72, disappointing analysts average, annual estimates for full-year earnings a share of $5.89. Other media stocks also fell on the news, including CBS and 21st Century Fox . Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 10:19:11

    Disney stock cuts 24 points from Dow industrials after Iger cuts expectations

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading in negative territory Thursday afternoon, with shares of Walt Disney Co., proving the biggest drag on the benchmark after its CEO issued an earnings warning. Shares of Disney were down $3.35, or 3.3%, the worst performer among the Dow's 30 components and slicing about 24 points from the price-weighted gauge. A $1 swing in any Dow component equates to a move of 6.89 points. The Dow was off 35 points, or 0.2% at 21,773, while the S&P 500 index was down 0.1% at 2,463, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was up about 0.1% at 6,397. During a Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference, Disney CEO Iger said the entertainment and media giant will report annual earnings "roughly in line" with what the company generated in fiscal year 2016 at about $5.72, disappointing analysts average, annual estimates for full-year earnings a share of $5.89. Other media stocks also fell on the news, including CBS and 21st Century Fox . Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/07/2017 10:14:42

    Disney CEO says EPS to be in line with last year: CNBC

    (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger said the company's earnings per share for this year will roughly be in line with what it reported last year, CNBC reported, sending its shares down 3 percent.

  • 09/07/2017 10:11:12

    Disney stock cuts 24 points from Dow industrials after CEO's earnings warning

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading in negative territory Thursday afternoon, with shares of Walt Disney Co., proving the biggest drag on the benchmark after its CEO issued an earnings warning. Shares of Disney were down $3.35, or 3.3%, the worst performer among the Dow's 30 components and slicing about 24 points from the price-weighted gauge. A $1 swing in any Dow component equates to a move of 6.89 points. The Dow was off 35 points, or 0.2% at 21,773, while the S&P 500 index was down 0.1% at 2,463, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was up about 0.1% at 6,397. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 09/05/2017 17:03:34

    UPDATE 1-'Star Wars: Episode IX' loses writer/director Trevorrow over movie vision

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The "Star Wars" movie franchise has parted ways with another director, Walt Disney Co announced on Tuesday, saying that director and writer Colin Trevorrow would no longer be involved in the studio's scheduled 2019 film "Star Wars: Episode IX."

  • 09/05/2017 16:26:01

    'Star Wars: Episode IX' and director part ways over movie vision -Disney

    LOS ANGELES, Sept 5 (Reuters) - The "Star Wars" movie franchise has parted ways with another director, Walt Disney Co announced on Tuesday, saying that Colin Trevorrow would no longer be directing the studio's scheduled 2019 film "Star Wars: Episode IX."

  • 09/05/2017 08:43:07

    Disney upgraded at Wells Fargo as TV landscape transitions to direct-to-consumer streaming

    Walt Disney Co.'s plans to create two direct-to-consumer platforms puts the TV landscape on an accelerated path toward more over-the-top services where content is distributed online devoid of cable subscriptions, according to Wells Fargo Analyst Marci Ryvicker. Ryvicker upgraded Disney shares to outperform from market perform. "Investors may need to start thinking about increasing exposure to those media companies with solid streaming strategies, such as CBS , Fox and Disney, and lessen exposure to those that do not, such as Viacom and Discovery Communications ," Ryvicker wrote in a note to investors. In addition to upgrading Disney, Ryvicker downgraded Viacom Inc. shares to market perform from outperform. She said there's not as much visibility into the Viacom turnaround as previously thought. "While [Viacom CEO Bob Bakish] is doing exactly what has been promised, it no longer feels as if this is enough, especially in this changing ecosystem," Ryvicker wrote. Shares of Viacom have declined close to 22% in the year to date, while Disney shares are down nearly 2% and the S&P 500 index is up more than 10%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/31/2017 14:09:01

    U.S. stock market ends turbulent August on a strong note

    U.S. stock indexes on Thursday closed out August in the green, extending a recent uptrend and clawing back from a midmonth slump as previously dormant markets showed signs of volatility reemerging. Relatively upbeat economic data and hope of tax reform has been part of the catalyst that has helped to offer a lift to equities and shake of geopolitical worries. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 0.3% at 21,952, nearing the psychologically important level of 22,000, which it had hit mid August and marking its third straight gain. For the month, the Dow is up 0.3%, representing its fifth monthly gain in a row. The S&P 500 index ended the session with a 0.6% gain, helping it to wrap up August with a gain of a little less than 0.1%, after starting the session on track to end in the red. The broad-market gauge is also scored its fifth monthly rise in a row. The Nasdaq Composite Index finished about 1% higher at 6,428, and produced a monthly rise of 1.3%. The moves come ahead of a closely watched jobs report due Friday, among a few other data reports before the Labor Day holiday commences, with markets closed on Monday. Ahead of that data, consumer spending rose 0.3% last month, helped by higher incomes and low inflation. The pace of inflation, meanwhile, was little changed in July, up 0.1%. Initial jobless claims in the period running from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26 rose by 1,000 to 236,000, which is still close to a postrecession low, pointing to another solid monthly employment report near the end of summer. Official jobs report will be released Friday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern. In corporate news, shares of Walt Disney Co. closed 1.6% lower following news that it is preparing significant budget cuts at its Disney/ABC Television Group that will include staff reductions and restructuring efforts. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/30/2017 23:24:00

    Disney to cut staff at ABC Television Group

    Walt Disney is preparing significant budget cuts at its Disney/ABC Television Group that will include staff reductions and restructurings, people familiar with the matter said.

  • 08/26/2017 15:41:46

    Bill Nye is suing The Walt Disney Co.

    Bill Nye brought a $37 million lawsuit against The Walt Disney Co. and some of its subsidiaries over profits from his '90s show. Video provided by Newsy        

  • 08/24/2017 19:06:32

    UPDATE 1-Disney taps augmented reality for 'Star Wars' toy event

    LOS ANGELES, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co will send "Star Wars" characters into the realm of augmented reality next week to draw fans into stores as they release new merchandise tied to upcoming movie the "The Last Jedi," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

  • 08/24/2017 12:05:01

    BRIEF-GM's Chairman & CEO Mary T. Barra elected to The Walt Disney's board

    * Mary t. Barra, General Motors Co Chairman & CEO, elected to The Walt Disney Company board of directors

  • 08/24/2017 01:01:23

    Disney taps augmented reality for 'Star Wars' toy event

    Walt Disney Co(DIS) will send "Star Wars" characters into the realm of augmented reality next week to draw fans into stores as they release new merchandise tied to upcoming movie the "The Last Jedi," the company said in a statement on Thursday.

  • 08/17/2017 14:41:17

    Obi-Wan Kenobi may get his own 'Star Wars' movie -reports

    LOS ANGELES, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is developing a "Star Wars" standalone movie based on the beloved character of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the wise and noble Jedi master, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported on Thursday.

  • 08/16/2017 12:52:02

    ABC signs former 'Lost' showrunner Carlton Cuse to multi-year deal to create new shows

    Walt Disney Co. TV network ABC said on Wednesday it's signed a multi-year deal with former "Lost" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse to create and produce new shows across all network, cable and streaming platforms. The news comes days after "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes was poached by Netflix Inc. from ABC, which was expected to be a blow to the network. "Forming a partnership with a writer/producer/director as talented and prolific as Carlton Cuse is a major victory for ABC Studios," president of ABC Studios Patrick Moran said in a statement. The Hollywood Reported wrote that the deal is said to be a worth more than $20 million, plus a percentage of the back-end on programming created under the partnership. Cuse spent six years at ABC with "Lost" and has since created shows such as "Bates Motel" and "The Strain." His current show "The Colony" was recently renewed for a second season on USA, and he also wrote the screenplay for "San Andreas," starring Dwayne Johnson. This new partnership comes as Disney gears up to launch its own stand alone streaming service to house its content by 2019. "I am very excited to be working alongside wonderful and iconic Disney brands like Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm to create and bring entertaining and compelling stories to the screen." Cuse said in a statement. "The very best part of my job is working with other writers to come up with cool ideas, solve story problems and get stories made." Shares of Disney are down 2% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 index is up more than 10%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/10/2017 09:15:59

    Cinema stocks continue to suffer as AMC shares fall nearly 5%

    Shares of cinema chain AMC Entertainment Holding Inc. were down as much as 4.8% during intraday trade on Thursday. The stock's move led a selloff in the cinema group, with Regal Entertainment Group , Cinemark Holdings Inc. , Marcus Corp. and Imax Corp. were all down nearly 2%. There was no news to point to for the share moves, but cinema stocks, and AMC in particular, have had a rough go of it recently as poor box office returns have dominated headlines, dragging down quarterly earnings and threats of shrinking theatrical windows and digital disruption continue to loom. Earlier this week, Walt Disney Co. , which has for a long time steered clear of certain streaming shifts, said it plans to launch its own standalone streaming service for its content in 2019 and end its current licensing deal with Netflix Inc. . "The industry is facing several issues, which is causing people to question the cyclical vs. structural issues for the industry," wrote MKM analyst Eric Handler in an email. Also this week AMC said it was selling its 50% ownership stake in Oscar-winning production studio Open Road Films, which it co-owned with Regal Entertainment. The sale was part of the theater chain's plan to monetize some of its assets and cut cost to combat box office volatility. Shares of AMC have declined more than 56% in the year to date, while the S&P 500 index is up nearly 10%. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/09/2017 15:12:36

    US stocks close slightly lower, trimming earlier losses

    U.S. stocks closed slightly lower Wednesday, making up much of the ground they lost earlier following a rare batch of earnings disappointments by Walt Disney and other big companies

  • 08/09/2017 14:39:29

    Disney, Netflix and Fossil tumble while Green Dot rises

    Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Wednesday: Walt Disney Co., down $4.15 to $102.83

  • 08/09/2017 12:41:22

    Trifecta of Disney, Goldman and Boeing stocks drag Dow industrials to session lows

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average was trading near its lows of the session on Wednesday as a trio of the blue-chip's components combined to yank the benchmark south. Walt Disney Co.'s shares were contributing to a roughly 35-point decline in afternoon trade, while Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s stock and that of Boeing Co. were combining to weigh on the price-weighted average by another 30 points. All totaled those components were exacting a nearly 70-point toll on the blue-chip average. The slump in the Dow comes as global markets also are reacting to escalating tensions between the U.S. and North Korea after Pyongyang threatened to launch a military strike aimed at U.S. territory Guam. Most recently, the Dow was trading down 84 points, or 0.4%, at 22,001, clinging tenuously its recent psychological milestone of 22,000. The S&P 500 index , meanwhile, was off 0.3%, while the Nasdaq Composite Index was falling 0.6% lower.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/09/2017 09:08:15

    Disney, Goldman stocks exact steeper toll than North Korea on Dow

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is being weighed down by a steep drop in shares of Walt Disney Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., in early trade Wednesday. Disney's shares were contributing to a 35-point slump in the price-weighted blue-chip equity gauge, representing the lion's share, or more than half, of the benchmark's early morning retreat. Goldman's stock , meanwhile, was sapping about 12 points from the Dow. All totaled, the pair exacted a nearly 50-point toll on the blue-chip average. Wall Street also is reacting to a flare-up in military tensions after North Korea threatened to launch a missile strike aimed at U.S. territory Guam, underlining deteriorating relations between Washington and Pyongyang. Still, the majority of the slide in the Dow appeared to be largely pegged to Disney's late-Tuesday announcement, along with quarterly earnings, that it would launch an ESPN streaming service in 2018 and a direct-to-consumers offering in 2019, as it ends its distribution deal with Netflix Inc. . Overall, the Dow was off 50 points, or 0.2%, at 22,035, while the S&P 500 index was trading 0.2% lower at 2,469, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was 0.5% lower at 6,340. Mounting political tensions have cast a downbeat shadow over markets but the decline so far appears to be relatively muted. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 08/08/2017 17:10:52

    Disney to pull movies from Netflix, plans own streaming service

    (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co will stop providing new movies to Netflix Inc starting in 2019 and launch its own streaming service as the world's biggest entertainment company tries to capture digital viewers who are dumping traditional television.

  • 08/08/2017 15:53:48

    Disney plans stand-alone streaming service, pulling films from Netflix in 2019

    Walt Disney Co. plans to launch its own service to compete with Netflix in 2019, the company said Tuesday.        

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