Ahead of Disney's (DIS) Thursday afternoon earnings release, nobody's expecting much magic from the kingdom.Given weak performances at ABC and the company's theme parks, as well as the company's late-March pullback from prior earnings guidance, analysts are looking past the latest fiscal quarter to speculate how long they'll have to wait for a happy ending. On Wednesday, Disney's shares rose 33 cents to close at $18.66. The mood for Thursday's call was set more than a month ago, when CFO Tom Staggs told the empty chairs at the company's snowed-in annual meeting that
For the record, analysts are expecting revenue of $6.2 billion for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, and earnings per share of 11 cents, according to Thomson First Call. For the year ending Sept. 30, the consensus is revenue of $26.6 billion and EPS of 64 cents -- up 9 cents, or about 16%, from last year's corresponding number.