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1-Up on Wall Street: The Walt Disney Company Turns to a God and a Princess to Trump Time Warner

By Tim Beyers – Feb 8, 2014 at 9:45AM

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Three Fools take to the air to compare the earnings of two Hollywood titans.

Between Time Warner (TWX) and Walt Disney (DIS -1.04%), who reported the better quarter? Host Ellen Bowman puts the question to Fool analysts Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers in this week's episode of 1-Up on Wall Street, The Motley Fool's Web show in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.

Tim says Warner's quarter was good but results suffered from a 13% drop in operating income in the company's publishing division. The studio performed well enough -- a record at the box office, in fact -- but studio operating income was up just 7.3% in Q4. Disney, by contrast, saw a massive 75% spike in studio operating income thanks to big box office performances, including a better than $600 million haul for Thor: The Dark World.

Nathan adds that Disney proved its savvy with Frozen, which, at $866.2 million worldwide, ranks as the top-performing animated movie in the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios. (Pixar's top hit remains Toy Story 3, which earned just over $1 billion.) All signs point to continued success for the House of Mouse.

Now it's your turn to weigh in using the comments box below. Do you own either of these stocks? Would you like to? Please watch the video as Ellen puts Nathan and Tim on the spot, and be sure to check back here often for more 1-Up on Wall Street segments.

Ellen Bowman didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. Nathan Alderman owned shares of Apple. Tim Beyers owned shares of Apple, Google, Netflix, Time Warner, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Apple, Google, Netflix, and Walt Disney. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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