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Take Your Position: Disney


With Disney due to report earnings next week, what should you expect?

Disney can be a tough company to anticipate. You never know what kind of magic CEO Bob Iger may have up his sleeve.

The villain of this story will likely be ad sales. UBS is predicting that Disney, will continue to see declines in advertising revenue in its fiscal second quarter, in line with the rest of its competitors.

UBS entertainment analyst Mike Morris is forecasting a 12% decline in advertising revenue at ABC, though notes that the rates of decline are slowing.

And he's expecting a 30% decline in ad sales at the local stations and a 12% decline at ESPN, which has been hit by a drop in ad spending in typically male categories such as autos and financial.

Ominous, no doubt, but those forecasts don’t preclude a happy ending.

Take Your Position: DIS

The film industry is thriving despite the economic downturn and “Up,” the latest film by Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, is generating positive buzz ahead of its opening in theaters later this month.

Also Disney’s Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana are still huge draws.

And though theme parks are struggling with the economy, it seems as if the swine flu will have little impact.

Considering Disney reports earnings on Tuesday, May 5, what’s should you expect?

I’m expecting to hear Disney had a tough quarter but I’m a buyer of the stock over the long term says UBS entertainment analyst Michael Morris. Disney is a high quality name that’s been beaten down.

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