posted third-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates by 4 cents, citing strong gains from its media networks and parks and resorts divisions.
The media giant, famous for its theme parks, movie studios and television networks, earned $240 million, or 11 cents a share, including the company's Internet group. This compares with $85 million, or 4 cents a share, earned in the same period last year. Thirteen analysts polled by
First Call/Thomson Financial
expected earnings of 7 cents a share for this year's quarter.
Quarterly revenue was $6 billion, up from $5.7 billion in the year-ago period.
Merrill Lynch Thursday downgraded a number of entertainment-sector stocks, including Disney. Merrill reduced its Disney rating to near-term neutral from accumulate, but maintained a long-term-buy rating on the stock.