FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, visitors ride the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Disney reports quarterly financial results Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, visitors ride the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Disney reports quarterly financial results Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (The Associated Press)

Pump primed at Disney for big year led by movies such as 'Avengers' and 'Star Wars'

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The pump is primed at Disney to reap the benefits of a big year at the movies.

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With its Marvel movie "Avengers: Age of Ultron" just having notched the second-biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time and a new "Star Wars" movie coming this winter, analysts expect the company to post not only good movie studio results but also a big uptick in consumer products revenue and profits.

The second-quarter results were off to a good start. Earnings in the March quarter came to $1.23 per share, beating the $1.11 expected by analysts. Revenue rose 7 percent to $12.46 billion, also topping estimates for $12.28 billion.

Disney shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased almost 3 percent. The stock has risen 38 percent in the last 12 months.

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