By Mary-Lynn Cesar for Kapitall.
At 9:30 AM PST today, thousands of people-some in
-will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center to
officially kickoff this year's Comic-Con International:
San Diego. From tomorrow through Sunday, comic books, video games,
movies, tv shows, and other pieces of pop culture will be front and
center as fans glimpse sneak peeks of highly-awaited upcoming
releases, play games, and
Attendees will see trailers for the new season of
wildly popular show
The Walking Dead
Hunger Games: Mockingjay
20th Century Fox (
will show something spectacular on Friday, as it's the lone major
studio presenting that day and has yet to offer any details about
its mystery comic book film set to bow on July 13, 2018.
will also appear at Comic-Con, though
no one quite knows
what the studio has up its sleeves.
Warner Bros (
will show footage from
Mad Max: Fury Road
, and some are hoping that the studio will give fans a first look
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
In total, over 130,000 people are expected to attend this year's
Comic-Con; however, the convention's reach extends well past the
crowd descending upon San Diego. Several panels have ended up on
YouTube, and in that past they have logged more than one
million views (as was the case with Tom Hiddleston's surprise
in-character appearance at last year's Marvel panel).
The anticipation surrounding Comic-Con inspired us to look for
investment opportunities among stocks involved with this year's
festivities. We began with a group comprised of
entertainment stocks participating in
at this week's Comic-Con. Next, we screened that group for stocks
rallying above their 20-day, 50-day, and 200-day simple
moving averages (
as of July 23rd.
This signals that the stocks have strong upward momentum, and an
enthusiastic response from the Comic-Con crowd could send them up
even more. On the other hand, a bad display may be met with more
than just boos and angry Internet threads:
stock drop 1.7%
immediately after a disatrous conference at E3 last year.
Next, we screened that group for stocks that have
outperformed the market this month
thus far. Again, it's possible that good showing over the next
couple of days can get fans and investors excited about what these
stocks have to offer.
We were left with four stocks on our list. Do you think these
rallying entertainment stocks will get a Comic-Con bump? Use this
list as a starting point for your own analysis, and let us know
what you think in the comments.
Click on the interactive chart to view data over
1. Comcast Corporation
): Provides entertainment, information, and communications products
and services in the United States and internationally. Market cap
at $141.72B, most recent closing price at $54.63.
The stock is rallying 0.72% above its 20-day SMA, 3.54% above
its 50-day SMA, and 8.01% above its 200-day SMA.
Comcast has outperformed the market by 4.02% this month.
NBC Universal, a Comcast subsidiary, will have panels for two
and the upcoming
-as well as a panel for Syfy's Sharknado 2.
2. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
): Engages in the motion picture production and distribution,
television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family
entertainment, new channel platforms, and digital distribution
activities. Market cap at $4.54B, most recent closing price at
The stock is rallying 9.26% above its 20-day SMA, 14.63% above
its 50-day SMA, and 7.11% above its 200-day SMA.
Lions Gate Entertainment has outperformed the market by
16.78% this month.
The stars of
Hunger Games: Mockingjay
, the third installment in the popular franchise, will debut the
film's first trailer on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol
Gallery in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in the Hard Rock
3. Microsoft Corporation
): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products
and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at
$373.04B, most recent closing price at $44.83.
The stock is rallying 6.54% above its 20-day SMA, 9.48% above
its 50-day SMA, and 18.91% above its 200-day SMA.
Microsoft has outperformed the market by 7.56% this month.
The tech titan will show two video games at the convention:
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
4. Time Warner Inc.
): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United
States and internationally. Market cap at $74.64B, most recent
closing price at $86.78.
The stock is rallying 13.89% above its 20-day SMA, 20.66% above
its 50-day SMA, and 30.94% above its 200-day SMA.
Time Warner has outperformed the market by 27.06% this
Thanks to its subsidiaries, Time Warner is making a formidable
showing at this year's Comic-Con. HBO's
Game of Thrones
will have panels, along with Cartoon Network's
and Warner Bros. TV's upcoming
series. The Warner Bros. studio will also hold panels for
Mad Max: Fury Road
, which it is jointly producing with
(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. Monthly return data
sourced from Zacks Investment Research. All other data sourced
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