Marvel's Daring Quarter: Fool by Numbers

On Monday, Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection Marvel Entertainment (NYSE: MVL  ) released Q2 2006 earnings for the period ended June 30.

  • Both sales and earnings handily beat estimates, though EPS benefited from a massive $163 million stock buyback executed during the quarter.
  • Marvel also slightly raised earnings guidance to $0.50 to $0.60 per share for 2006, from $0.46 to $0.57. Thank the buybacks and the lower effective tax rate.
  • The comic-book king is on track with new flicks. Three releases are planned for 2007, including a sequel to Fantastic Four.

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  • Hasbro (NYSE: HAS  )
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  • Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  )

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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