NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When Walt Disney (DIS - Get Report) reports its fiscal second-quarter earnings at the end of trading today, Wall Street is expecting the world's largest entertainment company to post an 18 cent per share gain from a year ago alongside a 6% rise in revenue.
Disney's 25% gain over the past year is due in part to the success of its wildly popular sports network, ESPN, and the good fortune of having more box-office winners, notably Frozen, than losers, like The Lone Ranger. Last month, Disney made headlines with a $500 million acquisition of Maker Studios, in an effort to bolster its presence in online video distribution. That deal should tells us where CEO Bob Iger sees the potential for growth.
Here's what investors are expecting from Disney after the close: