Nov 9 Walt Disney Co shares fell more
than 6 percent on Friday, a day after the media company warned
of challenges that would pressure results in the current
quarter, prompting at least one analyst to downgrade the stock.
Disney's chief financial officer, Jay Rasulo, told analysts
on a conference call late on Thursday that rising sports costs
and home video sales declines would hurt the company's fiscal
first-quarter results from October to December.
After the market close on Thursday, Disney posted net income
for the quarter that ended in September of $1.2 billion, up 14
percent from the year-ago period.
Janney Capital Markets analyst Tony Wible said in a research
note on Friday that Disney's advertising growth was slowing and
would hamper near-term earnings growth. Wible downgraded his
rating on the stock to "neutral" from "buy."
Other analysts from Lazard Capital Markets, Nomura and Wells
Fargo also trimmed their target prices on Disney's shares
following the quarterly results.
"(The first quarter) is really messy in our view," said
Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker in a research note.
CEO Bob Iger said on Thursday that Disney was entering a
"transition year" after making investments in projects such as
the "Cars Land" expansion at Disneyland Resort in California and
a new cruise ship that launched this year. The company is moving
from "investment mode" into "a more compelling growth mode," he
Disney also plans to stimulate growth through its $4 billion
acquisition of Lucasfilm, announced on Oct. 30, and plans for
three new "Star Wars" films starting in 2015.
Disney shares were down 6.4 percent at $46.86 on Friday
morning on the New York Stock Exchange.
(Reporting by Liana B. Baker in New York; editing by Matthew