Founded in 1923, Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS) is one of the most significant entertainment and media conglomerates that creates positive, fun, and inclusive content for audiences of all ages. 

In September last year, Walt Disney Co introduced a new character, LinaBelle, to the China market as the latest edition to Duffy and Friends.  

While this character has gained tremendous popularity and saw thousands of people rushing to Shanghai Disney Resort by December after hitting social media radars, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” continued its dominance at the U.S. box office.

Released in December 2021, the Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ co-production crossed the $1-billion benchmark and cemented its place as the eighth highest-grossing movie, earning $1.53 billion globally.


THE YEAR AHEAD

The upcoming 2022 release list of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe includes Doctor Strange, Thor, Black Panther, and The Marvels. In fiscal 2022, the company also plans to launch a new Marvel series on Disney+.

In addition, Disney announced its global premiere of Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red on March 13th on Disney+, which will also be released theatrically in international markets where Disney+ is not yet available.

Baymax and Moon Knight, its first-ever animated series, will be released by Walt Disney Animation Studios while the company continues to focus on increasing its partner base to reach more consumers worldwide. 

“I believe our mission for this year is clear: set the stage for our second century, and ensure Disney’s next 100 years are as successful as our first.” – CEO Bob Chapek, The Walt Disney Co.

IN THE MARKETS

On Monday, Disney (DIS) shares gained 3.35% over the past month, which outpaced the S&P 500 and Consumer Discretionary sector’s losses of 0.13% and 3.63% during that time.

At the next earnings release expected in February ’22, analysts expect Walt Disney to post strong earnings of $0.62 per share that would mark year-over-year growth of 93.75%.  


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