Eye on the long-term prize with Disney shares

Eye on the long-term prize with Disney shares

Our focus on Disney remains the coming transformative events that are the acquisition of Fox’s TV and movie assets, and the 2019 launch of its Disney streaming service. The former doubles down on the existing content strategy, while the latter could lead to a change in how investors value Disney shares. To me, that is a far greater opportunity than the modest June quarter miss on the top and bottom line.

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Even theme parks are spending millions on Wi-Fi to connect guests

Even theme parks are spending millions on Wi-Fi to connect guests

If we needed any confirmation that aspects of our Digital Lifestyle investing theme are bleeding over into in-person fun, here it is – theme parks are adding free Wi-Fi. Now, in some cases, it may be to stream videos, but more likely it’s to access maps, schedules, and tickets that one finds inside a theme park’s […]

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An all-in-one Apple media subscription plan could upset the content cart

An all-in-one Apple media subscription plan could upset the content cart

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been vocal about growing the company’s Services business as way to not only diversify its revenue stream, but in my view also make its iOS and other devices even stickier with consumers. As we have seen before Content is King is a key driver in our Digital Lifestyle investing them […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Positioning for Fed Stress Test Result

WEEKLY ISSUE: Positioning for Fed Stress Test Result

Ahead of the news on the next installment of the Fed’s stress test results for banks, we’re adding a call position in JPMorgan (JPM) and keeping our media M&A call option trades in play as Comcast (CMCSA) could make another bid for 21st Century Fox (FOXA)

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AT&T and Time Warner launch WatchTV, with new unlimited data plans

AT&T and Time Warner launch WatchTV, with new unlimited data plans

The dust has barely settled on the legal ruling that is paving the way for AT&T (T) to combine with Time Warner (TWX), and we are alread hearing of new products and services to stem from this combination. No surprise as we are seeing a blurring between mobile networks and devices, social media and content […]

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Positioning for the post AT&T-Time Warner ruling

Positioning for the post AT&T-Time Warner ruling

A court ruling this week that paves the way for an AT&T-Time Warner combination will redraw the lines for how content and content delivery are paired together, redrawing the competitive landscape and more than likely setting off an M&A frenzy. We’re taking steps to prepare for just that.

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All those streaming services can add up to serious $$

All those streaming services can add up to serious $$

We continue to hear more and more about chord cutting as consumers increasingly to over the top and streaming vidoe services and they shift how, where and when they consume that content. Given the Content is King perspective that we have, it comes as little surprise to see that consumers are utilizing multiple platforms because […]

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Disney continues to execute as it preps its streaming services

Disney continues to execute as it preps its streaming services

Disney’s March quarter earnings confirmed the power of our Content is King investing theme as well as the benefits to be had with lower tax rates and share buyback programs. Operating results were favorable as was cash generation, and with prospects of more to come Disney is moving down the path with its own direct to consumer streaming services. If those services are successful, it could cause a major re-think in how peopel value DIS shares.

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WEEKLY ISSUE: The Impact of Tariffs and Continued Rundown of Select Positions

WEEKLY ISSUE: The Impact of Tariffs and Continued Rundown of Select Positions

As the market vacillates back and forth based on the latest concerning proposed steel and aluminum tariffs, we share our sobering perspective and continue to share updates for positions on the Tematica Investing Select List.

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Disney’s The Black Panther gets 4 of 4 paws

Disney’s The Black Panther gets 4 of 4 paws

The bottom line is whether you’re a fan of super hero films or not, Disney’s The Black Panther is a well-crafted story that expands as well as enhances the Marvel tapestry, and the post-credit scenes advance the inter connected storyline that Marvel has carefully put in place over the last 10 years. It’s great fun, and I recommend seeing it.

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