Let’s get right to it: comic book movies have become big business and can hand investors huge profits.
Anyone watching movies over the last decade can’t help but notice the plethora of comic book fare pervading the box office. Historically, the occasional comic book movie was produced with little regard for the source material. However, as a generation of comic book aficionados came of age, a paradigm shift more »
The evolution of Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is underway as the firm laid out its intention to grow the breadth of its original programming into newer genres like documentaries and stand-up comedy. The company is following in the footsteps of Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX) HBO by developing an original content library of HBO's quality in the future. However, Netflix doesn't require basic tier cable and is accessible from more »
If you are looking for a stock to stick in your portfolio, or IRA - look no further. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is a company that has built upon its already amazing brand arsenal, and is ready to generate cash "hand over fist" for years to come. We will examine what makes this company a "one of a kind" stock that can power up your portfolio for the long more »
Once a poster child for the empty promise of synergy between Internet, print, and video media, Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) has rediscovered the old-fashioned virtue of focus, focusing on what it does best -- video and film content creation. This earnings season, it easily bested its media conglomerate rivals, Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), and Disney (NYSE: DIS) in operating income growth.
The lesson of focus more »
The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is a mass media corporation with production, media network, parks and resorts, interactive, and consumer products divisions. By measure of revenue, Disney is the largest media conglomerate in the world.
The last decade has seen the company acquire some of the most valuable properties in entertainment. In light of recent box office misfires, some analysts have questioned whether the studio is positioned to utilize its more »
Shareholders of Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) must be quite happy with the company’s strong second quarter results. Time Warner’s share price has reached its five-year high of more than $63.80. Along with these strong results, Time Warner also increased its full year guidance. Let’s take a closer look to see whether or not we should invest in Time Warner after its second quarter performance.
Growing second more »
Slimming down its business and focusing on its core competencies paid off for media giant Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), which recently reported strong second-quarter earnings that surpassed analyst estimates. The company’s renewed focus on strengthening its television businesses, which currently account for 70% of its operating income, and the favorable box office performance of its major film releases boosted its top and bottom line.
However, considering that the stock more »
Disney feels the pain from the Lone Ranger flop that underwhelmed. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) saw its profit rise by 1% as strong results from the park and network divisions were weighed down by a lackluster studio division.
Revenue from media networks increase by 5% (year over year) to $5.352 billion and revenue from the parks division increased 7% to $3.678 billion. On the more »
If you enjoy watching movies, then you should consider investing in shares of entertainment firms with outstanding performance in the stock market. This will enable you to enjoy the success of their blockbuster films via share price appreciation.
The recent box office hit -- Man of Steel, for instance, was a blockbuster movie that surpassed the $600 million mark. Only 80 films, so far, have been able to achieve such a more »
There is no doubt that Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has a bad case of HBO-envy.
From Netflix's content officer Ted Sarandos:
"The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us."
Is Netflix the next HBO?
Since the beginning of the year, Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB) has delivered a sweet gain for its shareholders, up by more than 50% and handily beating the S&P 500’s return of nearly 20%. Recently, it experienced a significant gain of nearly 6.5% in a single day due to its impressive third-quarter results and its plan to return cash to shareholders.
Impressive second-quarter earnings growth
In the third quarter more »
Recently, while booking a trip to Walt Disney World for my family, I noticed a few things that led me to believe that the company is doing very well lately. Everything from theme park tickets to their hotels has gotten much more expensive in just the past few years, and other things such as dinner reservations have gotten harder to come by.
Now, I realize that this is far from more »
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is somewhat of a cult stock. Indeed, the company has not made a sizable profit for the last two years, but yet, the stock price keeps rising. However, there could be some gaps starting to show in the company's strategy.
For a start
First off, the company's margins. Netflix's gross margins have risen from 61% in the first quarter of 2011 to a high more »
As the media landscape is continuously altered by the emergence of new trends and technologies, new opportunities appear. Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX) are three global media giants that could certainly seize them. Lets take a closer look at them and see if there’s room for this stocks in your portfolio:
Stock of steel
Time Warner is a prominent media more »
Disney (NYSE: DIS) is entering into its ninth decade of existence, yet shows no signs of a slowdown. Disney started out as a modest cartoon studio and has morphed over the years into an entertainment powerhouse. Disney’s operations focus on the following three industry segments: media networks, parks and resorts, and consumer products. Disney is a strong buy due to its impressive leadership and powerful brands.
A little history more »
The current stock market environment rewards the biggest risk takers. And while this trend may last for many years, it will eventually come to a halt. When it does, you will want to own best in breed companies, those with strong fundamentals. If you’re patient, and you’re willing to give up high-risk/high-reward trades for the short term, then Disney (NYSE: DIS) might be for you.
The right more »
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) reported earnings Monday. The streaming giant’s profit grew to $0.49 per share, while revenue increased 20% from the prior year.
Still, the company’s inability to break above the 30 million subscriber mark should stand out as an enormous red flag. Although shares fell nearly 5%, if Netflix is nearing market saturation, the company remains tremendously overvalued.
Future content costs
Netflix could have a big more »
Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) has done very well in 2013 so far; the company has been one of the top gainers in the S&P 500. The company's rock-solid performance has led to more neutral views, but Netflix still has room to outperform even more. However, before buying into the Netflix story, the possible downsides should be evaluated carefully. Investors should be well aware of the dark sides of an more »
When Steven Spielberg and George Lucas talk about movies, the entire world listens. After all, these two directors defined the movie industry for more than three decades, giving us such timeless classics as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, E.T. and Jurassic Park. Yet Spielberg now believes that the entire industry is headed toward a major “meltdown,” and that the current streak of bigger, louder and more expensive Hollywood blockbusters is more »
It is always a good time to purchase the shares of a major media conglomerate in light of their growing cable network businesses and the potential for ongoing expansion of those operations. Several top names remain good investments, as their scopes have never been greater and they continue to invest aggressively in efforts to stay vital.
The companies are modeled around their network businesses without a doubt and are thriving more »
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