3 Hollywood Stocks to Watch: Disney, Time Warner, and 21st Century Fox

The film business is famously competitive, and studios are waging an endless war to deliver the biggest Hollywood hits. Opening weekend showdowns, box office battles between rival superhero squads, the quest for the next big franchise: these are just some of the battlefields unfolding at multiplexes across the globe.

If you're an investor looking at entertainment companies for your portfolio, these companies are also competing for your investment dollars. Here's why Disney , Time Warner , and 21st Century Fox should be on your radar if you're interesting in buying into the Hollywood scene.

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Also of great importance to Warner is the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy, based on author J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe. The eight Potter films did roughly $7.72 billion in worldwide box office and created huge merchandizing opportunities; Warner is looking to Fantastic Beasts to keep the magic alive.

Like Disney, the company's Hollywood movies are assets beyond their initial box office run, with Warner's HBO platform and their presence on streaming services such as Netflix extending the revenue generation. Time Warner also pays a dividend, with its yield sitting at roughly 1.6% and its payout ratio at just 30%.

21st Century Fox

21st Century Fox is looking to improved performance from its Hollywood output to smooth earnings turbulence stemming from underperformance in its networks segment and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Fox's filmed entertainment segment accounted for roughly 30% of its revenue and 20% of OIBDA in the last fiscal year, and the company is looking to its core franchises and new properties such as The Maze Runner trilogy to drive growth.


The company's film division made some significant progress in 2014, delivering a Planet of the Apes sequel that did roughly $220 million more at the global box office than its predecessor, along with an X-Men film that reinvigorated the franchise. The X-Men series has the potential to foster an expanded universe similar to what Disney has accomplished, but the pending departure of stars Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence could set the franchise back. Fox is also looking to the Avatar series to generate wins down the line, with the first of three sequels to the $2.79-billion-grossing original due in 2017. Fox is teaming with Disney to bring Avatar attractions to Disney parks, but the company is also opening its own resorts based around big movie properties, with the first set to open in Malaysia in 2016.

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