Today’s Research Reports on Stocks to Watch: Walt Disney and Intel

Disney shares were in the red on Tuesday after traders seemed concerned that the company’s plans to acquire Sky Plc. from Twenty-First Century Fox may be thwarted after Comcast put its own bid in for the company. Shares of Intel sailed higher after analyst Christopher Danely of Citi Research upgraded the stock to “top pick.”

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The Walt Disney Company

Intel Corporation

The Walt Disney’s shares closed down 4.50% on nearly 14.2 million shares traded yesterday. Shares of the stock were in the red after it was reported that U.S. cable giant Comcast Corp. had put in a bid to acquire Sky Plc. Walt Disney Co. and Twenty-First Century Fox had plans to seize the company and with Comcast’s all cash bid being higher than the 10.75 pounds that Murdoch’s Fox had agreed to pay for, it had traders concerned. Disney had agreed to buy Sky from Fox as well as other assets in a separate $52 billion follow-up deal. In separate news it was also announced that McDonald’s USA and Disney have a promotion partnership for the former’s Happy Meal. This is the first promotion partnership since ending their previous relationship in 2006. The new multi-year, non-exclusive agreement will start in June with promotions that include Disney movie-themed Happy Meal toys, for "Incredibles 2." It will then be followed in the fall by "Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2."

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Intel’s shares closed up 1.63% on about 43 million shares traded. The stock soared to a new high of $50.90 during intra-day trading after the company received an optimistic note from a Citi Research analyst. Analyst Christopher Danely of the firm wrote in a note to clients, entitled, "Intel—More Conviction on Recent Upgrade to Buy, Moving to Top Pick," — "We believe Intel is the only semiconductor stock with both poor sentiment and substantial upside to consensus estimates. As a result, we are moving Intel from #3 to #1 in our company rankings." The company has reiterated a "buy" rating on the stock along with it becoming a "top pick" of the firm. He also wrote, "The enterprise end market drove upside to Intel in 4Q17 and we believe it will be sustainable in 2018 driven by the improving economy and increased spending from tax reform." He gave the stock a $58 price target. Shares of the stock has gained almost 36% in last one year.

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