The Walt Disney Company Earnings: 1 Number You Need to Know

Say what you will about Walt Disney's (NYSE: DIS  ) earnings growth -- 32%, remarkable for a company this size -- it wasn't the highlight of the House of Mouse's fiscal first-quarter report,  Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

What was? One number: 75. Operating income from Disney's studio entertainment group soared 75% in Q1 to $409 million on the strength of two huge late-2013 winners at the box office. Combined, Thor: The Dark World and Frozen have grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide as of this writing. A third installment in Marvel's Thor series is already in development and the stock is up more than 7% since Disney reported earnings last Thursday.

Can the rally continue? Tim thinks so, saying he believes studio executives have "cracked the code" when it comes to funding and developing blockbuster material. In 2014, the studio will release two Marvel films of its own -- Captain America: The WInter Soldier in April and Guardians of the Galaxy in August -- while enjoying producer fees from Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and  21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA  ) for X-Men: Days of Future Past, both due in theaters in May.

Furthermore, continued studio success should help boost consumer products sales and draw patrons to theme parks. TV, too, should see gains as Captain America: The Winter Soldier ties into ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Add it up, Tim says, and 2014 is shaping up as another market-beating year for Disney stock.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you think of Walt Disney's earnings report? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know whether you would buy, sell, or short Disney stock at current prices.

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    I've never bought DIS but my Pixar and Marvel stock converted into enough DIS to make it my fourth largest individual stock position. I'm tempted to buy more but there are too many Supernova stocks I don't own yet.

    I'm also hoping for a chance to buy Spacex and/or Space Resources in a few years.

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Tim Beyers

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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