Shares of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the seventeen brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and twelve have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $125.44.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on DIS shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Walt Disney from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 17th. Tigress Financial reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Walt Disney in a research note on Tuesday. Edward Jones raised shares of Walt Disney from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday. ValuEngine raised shares of Walt Disney from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 19th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $114.00 target price on shares of Walt Disney in a research note on Tuesday, January 22nd.

NYSE:DIS traded up $1.93 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $112.59. The stock had a trading volume of 8,195,312 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,842,625. The stock has a market capitalization of $167.85 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.64 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.92. Walt Disney has a 12 month low of $97.68 and a 12 month high of $120.20.

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 5th. The entertainment giant reported $1.84 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.27. The business had revenue of $15.30 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $15.20 billion. Walt Disney had a net margin of 18.46% and a return on equity of 20.50%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.89 earnings per share. As a group, analysts anticipate that Walt Disney will post 7.09 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In related news, EVP Brent Woodford sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.60, for a total value of $227,200.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 26,517 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,012,331.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Alan N. Braverman sold 1,153 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $107.70, for a total transaction of $124,178.10. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 106,390 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,458,203. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 14,648 shares of company stock worth $1,616,684. Insiders own 0.36% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Litman Gregory Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Walt Disney in the fourth quarter valued at $25,000. Crewe Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in Walt Disney by 55.6% in the fourth quarter. Crewe Advisors LLC now owns 280 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $31,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Walt Disney in the fourth quarter valued at $42,000. Portfolio Solutions LLC acquired a new position in Walt Disney in the fourth quarter valued at $43,000. Finally, Contravisory Investment Management Inc. lifted its holdings in Walt Disney by 176.4% in the fourth quarter. Contravisory Investment Management Inc. now owns 409 shares of the entertainment giant’s stock valued at $45,000 after buying an additional 261 shares during the period. 66.58% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Walt Disney Company Profile

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an entertainment company worldwide. The company's Media Networks segment operates cable programming businesses under the ESPN, Disney, and Freeform brands; broadcast businesses, including ABC TV Network and eight owned television stations; and radio businesses.

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