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Disney share price: what to expect from Q2 results

Investors can possibly expect a major merger and an upcoming streaming service launch to affect Disney's Q2 earnings report.

Mickey Mouse and Bob Iger before Disney's Q2 earnings Source: Bloomberg

When is Disney’s results date?

Disney’s Q2 earnings report is due Wednesday, May 8.

Disney results preview: what does the company expect?

Disney’s Q2 revenue is expected to increase with the recent completion of its $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Disney president Bob Iger, touted the merger as a benefit to shareholders.

‘This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us — one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,’ said Iger.

Disney’s Q2 earnings could be boosted by Hulu’s rivalry with Netflix. The entertainment corporation owns 60% of Netflix competitor Hulu, which has added twice as many subscribers as Netflix did in its latest earnings report. Hulu added three million new subscribers compared to Netflix’s 1.74 million US subscribers.

While Hulu could increase Disney’s Q2 revenue, new streaming services could negatively impact Disney’s Q2 earnings. In addition to its stake in Hulu, the company recently announced the upcoming launch of its own video on demand division, Disney + in late 2019. In its Q1 2019 earnings report, Iger warned that Disney’s Q2 earnings per share could be worse-than-expected because of increased expenses for Disney + and its successful sports app ESPN+.

How to trade Disney’s Q2 results

Wall Street experts expect Disney stock to be a buy because of the recent record-breaking success of ‘Avengers Endgame'. Zack’s Equity Research agrees with the company’s weak guidance for Disney’s Q2 earnings because of increased expenditures.

While Zack’s predicts reduced earnings per share, Zack's also expects Disney’s Q2 revenue to be $14.64 billion, slightly above its Q1 profits. Investors will see if Disney’s Q2 earnings will depend on its current success with blockbuster movies and future streaming ventures.

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