The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin digs a little deeper into what makes Dow Jones Industrial Average component Disney tick. In an effort to help investors understand the driving factors behind this component, Austin highlights a few of the high-level things Disney investors should be watching. Three of the things he's keeping his eye on are how well Disney adopts or rejects the streaming game, the trajectory of international growth, and how well it manages its branding. The first has big implications for its cable and studio divisions; the second could impact China Disney; and, as for the third point, the recent John Carter flop partially shows what a character-driven business Disney is, so Austin wants to see them leaning on their portfolio of winning characters more.

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