Which of These Top 5 Entertainment Stocks have the Strongest Earnings Trends: Disney, CBS, Viacom, Comcast or News Corp?
Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).
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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how these top 5 entertainment stocks rank via earnings trends:
Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS): Current Price $54.66
|Revenue ($) in millions||37,840||36,150||38,060||40,890||42,280|
|Diluted EPS ($)||2.28||1.76||2.03||2.52||3.13|
We see excellent growth from both the revenue and EPS numbers. These successes are have been boosted by highly successful acquisitions.
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||10,780||9,629||11,090||10,780||11,340|
|Diluted EPS ($)||0.80||0.63||1.02||0.68||0.77|
Despite the small blip in the quarterly numbers in September 2012, Disney bounced back with far better results in the December 2012 quarter. We’ll keep the company on our list as it has increased earnings quarter-over-quarter…