The Walt Disney Company (DIS) is a leading entertainment business based in the US. It opened the day at $172.94 after a previous close of $171.17. During the day the price has varied from a low of $171.66 to a high of $174.84. The latest price was $173.99 (25 minute delay). Disney is listed on the NYSE and employs 180,000 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Disney
- Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
- Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
- Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
- Search the platform for stock code: DIS in this case.
- Research Disney shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
- Buy your Disney shares. It's that simple.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in Disney?
- Has coronavirus impacted Disney shares?
- Disney shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is Disney stock a buy or sell?
- Performance over time
- Can I short Disney shares?
- Is Disney suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Disney shares over-valued?
- How volatile are Disney shares?
- Does Disney pay a dividend?
- Have Disney shares ever split?
- Other common questions
How has coronavirus impacted Disney's share price?
Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Disney's share price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $171.17, which is 18.81% up on its pre-crash value of $138.97 and 116.48% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $79.07.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of Disney shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $607.18 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,211.88.
Disney share price (NYSE:DIS)Use our graph to track the performance of DIS stocks over time.
Disney shares at a glance
|52-week range||$117.23 - $203.02|
|50-day moving average||$179.2291|
|200-day moving average||$181.3742|
|Wall St. target price||$210.23|
|Dividend yield||$0.88 (0.48%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$0.61|
Fees for buying 5x Disney shares with popular platforms
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Is it a good time to buy Disney stock?
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Disney price performance over time
|1 week (2021-09-15)||-5.65%|
|1 month (2021-08-20)||-0.65%|
|3 months (2021-06-22)||0.28%|
|6 months (2021-03-22)||-9.78%|
|1 year (2020-09-22)||36.77%|
|2 years (2019-09-20)||31.54%|
|3 years (2018-09-21)||57.60%|
|5 years (2016-09-22)||86.26%|
Is Disney under- or over-valued?
Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.
Disney's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 301x. In other words, Disney shares trade at around 301x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
However, Disney's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the entertainment industry or those of similar companies.
Disney's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.096. A PEG ratio close to 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares offer reasonable value for the current rate of growth.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Disney's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
However, it's sensible to consider Disney's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.
Disney's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping $7.7 billion (£5.6 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Disney's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
To put that into context you can compare it against similar companies.
|Revenue TTM||$63.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||3.91%|
|Gross profit TTM||$21.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||0.76%|
|Return on equity TTM||1.65%|
|Market capitalisation||$333.4 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
How to short and sell Disney shares
- Create a CFD or spread betting account.
- Search for the stock code. E.g. "DIS.US"
- Choose your position size.
- Select "sell" rather than "buy".
- Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.
There are currently 21.3 million Disney shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 4% up from 20.5 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Disney shares can be evaluated.
Short interest ratio (SIR)
Disney's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Disney shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Disney shares traded daily (recently around 8.2 million). Disney's SIR currently stands at 2.59. In other words for every 100,000 Disney shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2590 shares are currently held short.
To gain some more context, you can compare Disney's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.
However Disney's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Disney shares, or, against the total number of tradable Disney shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Disney's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Disney shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0117% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Disney shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Disney.
Find out more about how you can short Disney stock.
Environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Disney.
Total ESG risk score
Disney's total ESG risk: 23.2
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Disney's overall score of 23.2 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 16th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Disney is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
To gain some more context, you can compare Disney's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.
Disney's environmental score: 6.53/100
Disney's environmental score of 6.53 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Disney is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Disney's social score: 13.06/100
Disney's social score of 13.06 puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Disney is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Disney's governance score: 15.61/100
Disney's governance score puts it squarely in the 8th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Disney is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Disney's controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Disney scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Disney has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||23.2|
|Total ESG percentile||15.68|
|Environmental score percentile||8|
|Social score percentile||8|
|Governance score percentile||8|
|Level of controversy||2|
Disney share dividends
Dividend yield: 0.48% of stock value
Disney has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 0.48% of its share value annually.
Disney's most recent dividend payout was on 16 January 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 December 2019 (the "ex-dividend date").
Disney's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.
- Netflix (NFLX.US): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
- ITV (ITV.LSE): 0.00% (does not pay dividend)
- Comcast Corporation (CMCSA.US): 1.68% (1.75% forward annual dividend yield)
Have Disney's shares ever split?
Disney's shares were split on a 10000:9865 basis on 13 June 2007. So if you had owned 9865 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Disney shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 1.4% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Disney shares which in turn could have impacted Disney's share price.
Share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Disney's shares have ranged in value from as little as $117.23 up to $203.02. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Disney's is 1.2003. This would suggest that Disney's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
To put Disney's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.
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