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Frozen 2 Hits Theaters Tomorrow. That Could Be More Good News for Disney Stock.

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(DIS) stock could get another boost when Frozen 2 hits U.S. theaters Friday. Last week, the company’s launch of its much-anticipated Disney+ streaming service pushed shares higher. Walt Disney stock (ticker: DIS) has gained about 6% since the release of the Disney+ streaming service on November 12, while the S&P 500 has been effectively flat over that same period.

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Why You Should Buy and Hold Disney for the Next 50 Years

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Referring to The Walt Disney Company(NYSE: DIS) as anything less than an integral part of America's culture would be a disservice to 96 years of record-making history. Image source: Getty Images. Although earnings-per-share (EPS) fell 72% year over year, Disney still looks to be in a strong financial position when its massive, one-time purchases of Twenty-First Century Fox and Hulu are stripped out of the earnings-per-share equation next year. Disney has proven through its decades in business that it can weather just about any economic environment. And thanks to the company's growing consumer base, recession resiliency, and widely diversified business segments, Disney's future remains bright -- at least for the next 50 years. Disney can weather any economic environment. When the economy is in rough shape, consumers look to distract themselves from their problems through cheap forms of entertainment -- and Disney provides an array of entertainment options for consumers to choose from. So far this year , four of the top five grossing films in 2019 were distributed by Disney. And even if a recession were to strike in the near future, there might be a silver lining for Disney's movies: box office attendance has historically increased during recessions as consumers look for brief periods of low-cost respite from economic troubles.

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Wednesday, November 20


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Disney Plus blames past hacks for user accounts sold online

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About a dozen friends from Virginia area squirt and peewee hockey programs gathered with family for a morning of hockey and hot chocolate on a small pond at the Minnesota Iron Range Retriever Club. Disney says Disney Plus account passwords being sold in underground hacking forums are coming from previous breaches at other companies, predating last week's launch of its streaming service. Despite warnings by security experts, users often reuse passwords at multiple services, meaning a breach at one opens the door for a hacker to gain access to the others. Business Hot times for homes priced above $300,000 in Twin Cities.

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Hulu Earned Itself a Live TV Price Hike

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Hulu's Live TV subscribers will see their bill go up about $10 per month within a couple months. That follows a $5 price hike in January, as well as price increases from AT&T's (NYSE: T)AT&T TV Now and Alphabet's (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL) YouTube TV earlier this year. Unlike the price increases from AT&T, however, Hulu's price uptick appears to come from a place of strength. While AT&T is bleeding subscribers and removing networks from its streaming platform, Hulu's growing subscribers quickly and steadily increasing the value of its service. That adds value to the Hulu with Live TV service because it means subscribers can tack on both Disney+ and ESPN+ for just $7 per month.

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Tuesday, November 19


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A Tech Company Now, Disney Has to Tackle Password Thieves

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A Tech Company Now, Disney Has to Tackle Password Thieves. (Bloomberg) -- Some customers who signed up for Walt Disney Co.’s new Disney+ streaming service have seen their usernames and passwords sold online to third parties and have been locked out of their newly opened accounts. Still, the debut was marred by many complaints from customers who couldn’t log on or had trouble watching programs. But the number of gripes collected by the website Downdetector has dropped sharply over the past week and now amounts to just a few dozen. While Disney has long collected customers’ names and passwords for its theme parks and online games, the expansion into online video on a global basis brings the potential for more data breaches. ZDNet reported over the weekend that users’ accounts were being put up for sale on hacking forums within hours of the service’s launch at prices of $3 to $11 each. Some customers reported they had used old passwords, but others said they hadn’t, according to the website. While there may be few thousand compromised Disney accounts, that’s small compared with the hundreds of thousands of usernames and passwords on the black market hijacked from platforms like Hulu, Netflix and HBO, said Andrei Barysevich, chief executive officer and co-founder of the security firm Gemini Advisory.

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One week in, Netflix's stock is weathering Disney+

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wall Street's reaction so far to Walt Disney Co's <DIS.N> long-awaited streaming service suggests investors believe the competition may not be as crushing as expected for entertainment rival Netflix Inc <NFLX.O>. Shares of Disney have surged 8% since the launch of Disney+ a week ago, helped along by 10 million sign-ups for the service in its first day. But during the same period, Netflix's stock recovered from an initial slump and is now up nearly 3%, with some investors betting the two companies' streaming offerings may be able to coexist. "I’m a consumer of both services and I can tell you that what my kids watch on Netflix is not what they watch on Disney+. Now I get it, and the market is reacting to that, appreciating the shares of both companies," said King Lip, chief investment strategist at Baker Avenue Asset Management in San Francisco. Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings warned in September that competition arising from the entrance of Apple <AAPL.O>, Disney and NBC to the global streaming market would spark a surge in content costs, adding to worries about Netflix's already slowing subscriber growth.

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Monday, November 18


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How Trader Sentiment On Streaming Stocks Has Changed Since Disney+ Launch

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Tuesday marks one week since Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS) launched its Disney+ streaming service, and so far the market has declared it a tremendous success. In the past week, Disney shares are up 8.5%, while top competitor Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) is up just 3.1%. Over the same week, Netflix mentions peaked the day after the Disney+ launch, with sentiment decidedly lower at just 44% bullish. Since that day, Netflix sentiment has steadily risen and has reached 55% bullish on Monday. With Disney offering a free one-week trial of the service, however, it will be critical that at large portion of those initial free subscribers decide to stay on board and actually pay for the service.

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Disney Just Entered the Streaming Wars and It’s Already Winning

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Analysts and investors knew for months that the streaming plan was on its way, but Disney stock still soared more than 7% last Wednesday, the day after the company officially launched Disney+. Source: Divina Epiphania / Shutterstock.com. It was easy to spot the catalyst for the big jump in Disney stock: the company said it lured 10 million subscribers the first day Disney+ was available. Streaming is a growth industry and has attracted plenty of glitzy growth companies, including Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Prime from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple TV Plus. So it’s easy to over-emphasize the potential, positive impacts on Disney stock that streaming may or may not have. Remember that Disney stock was about 25% year-to-date before the streaming service debuted and not all of that gain was attributable to Disney+ anticipation. What that says is that investors have been appreciating other elements of the company’s business model, as they should.

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Thousands of Disney Plus users have had their accounts hijacked

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Thousands of Disney Plus users have had their accounts hijacked: Report. Less than a week after the launch of Disney Plus, a report has claimed that thousands of users’ account login details have been listed on hacking forums, where they’re available for purchase from as little as $3. According to ZDNet, Disney Plus users’ accounts started going up for sale “within hours after the service’s launch”, with prices ranging from $3 to $11. The best way to find out if your login details have been leaked as part of a previous security breach is by using the Have I Been Pwned tool. However, other victims have said that they used a unique password for their Disney Plus account − which would mean that their account details were seized via another means.

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Sunday, November 17


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Bob Iger's 7 Biggest Moves as Disney's CEO

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In a little less than a year's time, Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO Bob Iger will celebrate his 15-year anniversary at the helm of the powerful media and entertainment empire -- perhaps his last anniversary as such if he retires in 2021, as is currently the plan. Nevertheless, to understand where Disney is headed, investors need to know how it got to this point. Therefore, here's a look at the biggest moves Mickey, Iger, and friends have made in the last decade and a half. The division brought in $26.2 billion in revenue -- more than a third of the total -- in the 2019 fiscal year, good for nearly half of the company's total operating profit. If owning the world's most valuable superhero property wasn't good enough, Disney followed up its 2009 purchase with the acquisition of the world's most successful sci-fi and fantasy franchise: Star Wars. Disney's direct-to-consumer and international segment, which houses its internet streaming products, had a $1.81 billion operating loss on $9.35 billion in revenue during fiscal 2019 -- all of that before Disney+ was even launched. But the long-term potential is there.

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