Disney (DIS): Walt Would Be Proud

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Disney (DIS) had the kind of quarter that a company based on the fantastic should have.

Diluted EPS for the second quarter increased to $0.58, compared to $0.44 in the prior-year quarter. Revenu rose 10% to $8.71 billion. Segment operating income was up 21% to $2.14 billion.

The company’s studios were the stars. Their revenue rose 18% to $1.822 billion. Operating income was up 61% to $377 million.

The company’s parks did unusually well given the economic slowdown. Revenue rose 11% to $2.725 billion. Operating income was up 33% to $339 million.

Disney’s largest division, its media networks, had slower growth with 5% revenue increase and a 14% segment operaing income bump to $1.317 billion. ESPN did well. ABC did not.

In tough times, investors in the company got a trip to Disney Land.

Shares rose 2.7% on the news to $34.60.

Douglas A. McIntyre