Digest: 'Ratatouille' soft for Disney
Shares of the Walt Disney Co. closed up 1.1% on Monday, even though some Wall Street observers said the opening-weekend haul for "Ratatouille" fell below their expectations and might be the latest sign that animated fare is past its prime. Bear Stearns analyst Spencer Wang said he had projected a $50 million tally, with the Street consensus in the $50 million-$60 million range. He added that "Cars" last year grossed $60 million despite worse reviews. "This is another sign of our long-held thesis that CG animation has passed its peak given increased competitive output, which has saturated the market, fragmented market share, and may be driving up costs," Wang wrote. "As a result, we still think returns in CG will remain under pressure." Disney closed at $34.52. During the past 52 weeks, it has traded from $28.69-$36.79. The stock had a weaker second quarter, but Goldman Sachs analyst Anthony Noto recently suggested investors buy it during the summer, a traditionally sluggish period for it (HR 7/2).