Wall Street This Week: Disney Presents, Androids Arrive
Monday -- Making a Bundle
Regulators let AT&T (T) acquire DirecTV last month, and we'll see the first fruit of that union Monday when the first bundle combining AT&T's wireless connectivity and DirecTV's satellite television hits the market.
The first bundled package offers new DirecTV and U-verse customers basic pay-TV service that includes four DVR-equipped receivers as well as four wireless lines with unlimited talk and text and 10 gigabytes of shared data for $200. That's actually a pretty reasonable price in light of what AT&T charges for its wireless plans, but there are big penalties to be paid for those canceling any pieces of the bundle early. Shop around, and always read the fine print when it comes to termination policies.
Tuesday -- Your Pet Is So Cool
Freshpet (FRPT) refrigerators continue to pop up at supermarkets and pet supply stores, offering fresh pet food for cats and dogs. Freshpet had to combat online chatter earlier this year after a couple of customers complained of finding mold in food before its expiration date, but it never evolved into something that warranted a recall.
Freshpet reports quarterly results Tuesday. Sales have been growing briskly, but consistent profitability has been a problem. Analysts see another small deficit on strong top-line growth.
Wednesday -- Panic at the Cisco
It was a long time ago, but networking-gear giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) was once the the country's most valuable company. Just before the dot-com bubble popped, Cisco shares were bid higher. It made sense at the time. The Internet was the future, and Cisco's routers and switches were the hardware that made it possible. Cisco crashed and it has never returned to those highs from 15 years ago.
Cisco reports Wednesday. It's a slower-moving company these days. Analysts see revenue and earnings per share climbing at a mere 2 percent clip since the prior year's quarterly report.
Thursday -- These Are Not the Androids You Are Looking For
Fans of Android smartphones and tablets will want to pay attention Thursday to the Samsung Unpacked event taking place in New York. Samsung is widely expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 5 tablet and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphone.
Samsung has been leading the way for the open-source Android mobile operating system, but Apple's (AAPL) iPhone continues to be the market darling in the smartphone space. We'll see if Samsung can raise the bar enough to convert folks smitten by Apple's latest iOS update.
Friday -- Making the World a Better Place
Disney's (DIS) D23 Expo kicks off Friday at the Anaheim Convention Center. The three-day festival -- a stone's throw from Disneyland -- showcases the latest projects that the family entertainment giant is working on. After spending billions to acquire Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm over the past decade, it's safe to say that there's a lot going on at Disney these days.
One of the more interesting presentations will take place Saturday afternoon when Disney offers up an update on its theme parks. Will Disney's Hollywood Studios finally be rebranded as Disney's Hollywood Adventure? How many new Star Wars, Pixar and Marvel attractions will the theme park leader unveil? There should be many interesting announcements at D23.
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