Shares of Disney (NYSE: DIS ) hit a 52-week high yesterday and are flirting with a new high again today. Let's look at how it got here and whether clear skies are ahead.
How it got here
Mickey's house appears to be firing on all cylinders lately, driven most recently by The Avengers' blockbuster weekend. But The Avengers hasn't even had an impact on the bottom line yet where results have been impressive.
In the last quarter, Disney reported revenue of $9.63 billion, a 6.1% increase from a year ago, and $0.58 in earnings per share. Disney has made a habit of beating estimates, and this quarter was no exception.
While this is certainly welcome news, the stock is up only 4.5% in the last year, not exactly earth-shattering returns. Still, Disney has outperformed its media rivals Viacom (Nasdaq: VIA ) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX ) over that time.
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Disney is more expensive than rivals on a price/sales basis but has outpaced them in growth. Here are three relevant valuation metrics.
Return on Equity
Quarterly Revenue Growth
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
After a giant flop with John Carter, Disney is back on top of the movie business. Customers seem to be willing to come out and spend at the box office after strong showings from The Avengers and The Hunger Games from Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF ) .
The CAPS community thinks Disney will continue to outperform, giving the company a top-notch five-star rating. I agree that the company will outperform the market with slow and steady earnings growth. The company's 1.3% dividend yield and its 13.2 forward P/E ratio are attractive to me right now, and I will keep my outperform CAPScall on the stock.
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