The Walt Disney Company's (DIS - Get Report) biennial fan event, D23 Expo, took place in Anaheim over the weekend, and the House of Mouse had some major announcements for the thousands of Disnerds in attendance.
The key takeaway from this weekend's event was the first glimpse at Disney's planned "Star Wars" lands coming to its Orlando and Anaheim theme parks in 2019. "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" will first open at the Disneyland resort, followed by the Walt Disney World resort.
Disney showed off some models of what the "Star Wars" attractions will look like at the expo. In keeping with the "Star Wars" theme Disney confirmed an immersive "Star Wars" hotel coming to its Florida resort.
Guests at the hotel will be able to live out a multi-day adventure within the "Star Wars" universe, Disney parks and resorts chairman Bob Chapek said Saturday at the expo.
Disney has also vowed to upgrade its third oldest theme park, Epcot, which will include a "Guardians of the Galaxy" themed ride, a "Ratatouille" ride, a new gondola system called the Disney Skyliner that will connect parks and hotels, and an update and expansion of Epcot's Mission Space ride.
Theme parks are Disney's second largest unit after TV.
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In a July 6 trademark application, Amazon subsidiary Amazon Technologies Inc. revealed it's planning "prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or and [sic] vegetables...ready for cooking and assembly as a meal," as well as primarily grain-based offerings.
The product's tagline: "We do the prep. You be the chef." Amazon already sells other companies' meal kits, including Tyson Foods Inc.'s (TSN - Get Report) Tyson Tastemakers. Martha Stewart is even offering meal kits on Amazon Fresh, the company's grocery delivery service. But, this may be the first hint of something bigger for Amazon, which would put it in direct competition with newly minted IPO Blue Apron (APRN - Get Report) .
Speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island on Saturday, Musk reiterated that shares of Tesla are trading at a level "higher than we have any right to deserve" based on optimism about the company's future.
"Those expectations sometimes get out of control," Musk added. Meanwhile, TheStreet reports Tesla could be at risk of a nasty surprise soon: the end of tax credits for electric cars in the U.S.
Procter & Gamble under siege: Peltz's Trian Fund Management plans to launch a fight for a board seat at Procter & Gamble PG, making it the largest company to face a proxy battle, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Trian, which owns about $3.3 billion of P&G stock, is said to be seeking a single board seat for Peltz at the company's annual meeting that could take place in October. P&G have reportedly been in talks for five months, but the company is said to have rejected to name Peltz as a director last week.
Sales at P&G -- and its stock price -- have stalled due to pricing pressure and competition.
As TheStreet's Ron Orol reported in June, look for the consumer packaged goods company to announce plans for spin-offs, sales or even a swap out of business units. If major M&A doesn't come soon, a Trian director-battle or white paper chock full of activist demands could be next.
And Trian likely will demand significant M&A activity. Spinoffs and other major deals often follow when the activist investor acquires a large stake. Trian and other activist fund managers often push to have large companies break themselves up with the goal of extracting value by focusing the market on various parts of a business that might be hiding inside confusing conglomerate structures.
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