Walt Disney founded a small studio in the 1920s. Today, that single company has grown to include studio networks, theme parks, resorts, restaurants, retail chains and production companies. Disney is a household name and aptly is traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DIS.
In the early years, Disney stock was held by Walt’s family and his employees. In 1956, the company went public. This diverse company has proved to be a fairly successful investment for many. The stock has split seven times since its inception in 1956, with the most recent split occurring in 1998. In 2008, the company raked in more than $30 billion in annual revenue, while in 2009 the stock paid a dividend of just over 30 cents per share.
As of September 2009, the 52-week high is $34.85, while the 52-week low is $15.14. On Sept. 10, 2009, the stock traded for $27.85 per share, and the value fluctuated between $25 and $27 for the previous two weeks.
For investors who want to commemorate their ownership in Disney stock, several online companies offer the opportunity to purchase a single framed stock certificate. The certificate itself features images of classic Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, Bambi, Winnie the Pooh and Tinkerbell. Disney’s founder, Walt, is also portrayed on the certificate.
Disney stock holders receive an annual report, complete with artistic accents, as well as an invitation to the annual shareholders meeting, which normally takes place in California.
Shareholders who own Euro Disney stock have many benefits at the Disneyland Paris park and its resorts. To be eligible, shareholders must own five or more share of new Euro Disney stock and pay a one time fee of €30. If you own more than 20 new shares, the fee is waived. Discounts ranging from 10 to 20 percent are available to members on services and purchases at Disneyland Paris.
Disney Investment Plan
This plan, available directly through Disney, is an option for those who already own Disney stock or those who would like to begin investing. The biggest benefit to the plan is that dividends are automatically reinvested in common shares of Disney stock. You can also set up your account to automatically withdraw funds from your bank account to purchase stock. For more information on this program, call (818) 553-7200.