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  • Are These Amusement and Theme Park Stocks a Thrill Ride for Investors?

    By Brian Hill - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    Attendance at theme parks suffered during the recession. Market research firm IBISWorld reported that revenues at U.S. theme parks dropped 9% in 2009. A rebound occurred over the next several years as consumers gained a more confident footing.

    Today let's look at three companies that are definitely benefiting from consumers' increased expenditures on entertainment.

    Is it risky to raise prices?

    SeaWorld Entertainment's (NYSE: SEAS) theme is giving more »

  • Disney is still a good investment

    By Jacob Steinberg - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: LGF, SIX, DIS

    On Tuesday, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced its quarterly earnings and the investors were a little bit disappointed with the results. As one of Disney's latest movies The Lone Ranger performed far below expectations, the company posted flat earnings year to year and the investors were hoping to see growth in the company's earnings. 

    The results were mixed

    The company earned $1.8 billion in the more »

  • Entertaining Your Portfolio

    By Marshall Hargrave - August 4, 2013 | Tickers: ATVI, RGC, SIX, FOX

    What's the best way to invest in entertainment? I've found a couple of interesting choices that are great ways to play the rebound in discretionary spending. As the economy rebounds, employment should pick up, which means spending on entertainment will rise. Outlined below are some entertainment stocks that are sure to entertain your portfolio over the long term.
     
    Thrillers

    Amusement parks are a way great to entertain yourself more »
  • Play Time in the Stock Market

    By Reuben Brewer - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX, DIS

    Amusement parks are fun, but they are serious business. Investors looking at the space should consider industry leader Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN), SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS), and Six Flags (NYSE: SIX).

    People love to be entertained and there is nothing that gets a person moving like an over 65 mile an hour trip through six “inversions” and a 160 foot drop. That type of heart palpitating more »

  • Coca-Cola, Others Blame it on the Rain

    By Gerelyn Terzo - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KO, PEP, SIX

    The expectations for second-quarter earnings were never that stellar. Corporate profits were largely expected to be at their lowest levels in years amid a stronger dollar that's hurting overseas profits. In many cases, results have been surprising to the upside but there is another common theme that's surfacing among under-performing companies -- bad weather. So should investors be worried or will the storm clouds dissipate?

    Is Coke still it more »

  • From Wild to Woozy, Theme Parks Are a Good Fit for Your Portfolio

    By Kaitlyn Tokay - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    Profiting from the sun and heat bearing down with record-breaking temperatures, theme parks are soaking in the sun and the crowds this summer. With more people being drawn to theme parks instead of costly overseas vacations, parks around the country are profiting from thrill seekers and their families. 

    Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE: SIX)  has recovered nicely from a disastrous whirlwind of events which resulted in bankruptcy late in 2009. Six more »

  • Which Theme Parks are The Most Fun for Investors?

    By Anh HOANG - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) has experienced a good rise since the beginning of the year, up nearly 26.40%, much higher than the S&P 500’s gain of around 18.60%. Income investors must love Cedar Fair, with its consistent dividend payment history and high dividend yield. At the current trading price, Cedar Fair offers its shareholders quite a juicy dividend yield at 5.9%. Let’s take a more »

  • This Stock Might Not Be Fun Anymore

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) has been a lot of fun for investors over the past three years, as the stock has appreciated approximately 270% over that time frame. But this hasn’t been quite as impressive as Six Flags (NYSE: SIX), which has gone up nearly 365% over the same period. However, past results do not guarantee future success, so let’s look ahead.

    More fun for park visitors

    Through more »

  • Do Amusement Park Accidents Impact the Market?

    By Stephanie Faris - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    With news that a woman was killed on a roller coaster at Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) in Texas, consumers were forced to confront a very real truth: amusement park rides sometimes fail. While safety precautions are in place, an average of 4,423 children are injured each year on amusement park rides, according to a study in the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

    Earnings to be reported

    The accident happened just days more »

  • Not All Cyclical and Capital Intensive Companies Are Bad Investments

    By Mark Lin - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    The biggest gripe that investors have with theme park operators is the cyclicality and capital intensive nature of such businesses. But this does not necessarily represent the complete story, as unique assets are typically the source of structural competitive advantages.Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) is the largest theme park operator globally with 18 parks located in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. The price tag of $300 million to build more »

  • Are You Daring Enough to Invest in This Theme Park?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    Are you prepared to brave the new Texas Giant, the wooden El Toro, or the steel Bizarro rollercoasters? If that's not enough, then perhaps you should consider Kingda Ka, the tallest and fastest thrill ride in existence, or Full Throttle, the fastest looping rollercoaster at 70 m.p.h. And if that's not enough, consider investing in Six Flags (NYSE: SIX).

    This doesn’t necessarily mean you will more »

  • Top 3 Consumer Discretionary Ideas

    By Federico Zaldua - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: CNK, COH, SIX

    With a growing economy (the IMF expects the US economy to grow by 3% in 2014) and unemployment heading south, the consumer discretionary space should outperform the market going forward. Here I will make a short recap of my top three consumer discretionary ideas. This three companies are growing their top-lines with a strong focus on margin expansion. My bet is that they should be returning money to shareholders at more »

  • How Superheroes Might Save Your Portfolio

    By John Casteele - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, HAS, SIX, TWX, DIS

    It's a bird, it's a plane... it's a $116.6 million opening weekend for Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) Man of Steel. The film's opening a couple of weeks ago broke the record for the largest June opening of all time, unseating Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Toy Story 3. It was also the second-largest opening for the year, behind Disney's Iron Man 3 and the more »

  • Should You Take a Ride With These Theme Parks?

    By Robert Hanley - June 22, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    Much like their roller coasters’ harrowing first drops, the theme park operators’ stock prices dropped sharply during the financial crisis, as high debt loads and falling attendance proved to be a bad combination.  Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) made its way to bankruptcy court in 2009, while the other major operators like Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN) and SeaWorld (NYSE: SEAS) scaled back their capital expansion plans.  However, the economic recovery has more »

  • Theme Parks Are Good for Investments and Memories

    By Erin McBride - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, CMCSA, SEAS, SIX, DIS

    School is out and summer is finally upon us. Let the fun in the sun begin!

    A TripAdvisor survey reveals that this year will see the return of the summer vacation. Over 86% of respondents indicated that they intend to go on a leisure trip this summer.

    As theme parks drain the savings accounts of willful and happy travelers, is there a theme park stock that might return a few more »

  • Amusement Parks Ready for Profitable Summer

    By Stephanie Faris - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, SIX, DIS

    In 2009, things looked bleak for the nation's amusement parks, with revenues sinking to $11.6 billion overall. But since then, as recovery for other industries has been sluggish, theme parks have experienced impressive growth. IBISWorld expects 2013 to be a record-breaking year for theme parks, raking in $13.4 billion. This would be a 2.8% increase from last year.

    Disney exceeds expectations

    Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) posted more »

  • Disneyland in China: A Great Addition to The Walt Disney Company

    By Jacob Steinberg - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: SEAS, SIX, DIS

    I always say that if I had a portfolio consisting of one stock, it would be The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). The company has many qualities that makes it a great investment. It's a pretty large company with a greatly diversified portfolio, it has accomplished consistent growth over the years, and management has been running the company really well and investing carefully. Just about every movie and product more »

  • Six Flags Offers More than Just Thrills

    By Nick Chiu - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, SEAS, SIX

    Ever dream of owning a theme park? While it may not be realistic for everyone to have his or her own theme park, investors can fulfill this dream by becoming a shareholder of Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE: SIX). Six Flags owns and operates 19 parks, 17 of which are located in the United States, plus one in Mexico and one in Canada. Six Flags has grown remarkably after emerging from more »

  • Spend Your Summer With These Theme Parks

    By Mark Yagalla - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX, DIS

    Editor's Note: This post has been amended to remove an incorrect passage. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) just delivered a gift to all theme park investors by raising admission prices to its theme parks across the board. Other theme-park operators are expected to follow suit as well, boosting their bottom lines. This will benefit the shareholders of Six Flags (NYSE: SIX), Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUNmore »)

  • Summer Time Is SeaWorld Time

    By Nick Chiu - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: SEAS, SIX, DIS

    Investing can be fun. With the recent successful IPO of SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE: SEAS), both investors and SeaWorld visitors are enjoying the ride. With the IPO offering price of $27, SeaWorld’s share price has advanced more than 33% in just over a month's time. Let’s take a look at what SeaWorld has to offer and what's driving its growth.

    SeaWorld Entertainment is a theme park and more »

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