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June 19, 2014
14:53 EDTMCRS, ORCLEarnings Preview: Oracle reports amid rumor of Micros deal
Oracle (ORCL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, June 19, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Oracle provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $11.48B. The consensus range is 93c-97c for EPS and $11.36B-$11.62B for revenue, according to First Call. During its last earnings conference call, Oracle said it expects Q4 adjusted EPS to be between 92c-99c. At that time the company also projected its Q4 revenue to grow 3%-7% in constant currency terms compared to the prior year. Oracle noted that it expects its new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues to be flat to up 10% in Q4. LAST QUARTER: The company reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 68c, which missed the consensus expectation of 70c. Oracle's revenue of $9.3B also missed the $9.36B consensus projection. Oracle reported that foreign exchange issued impacted its results, stating that excluding the impact of the U.S. dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies and excluding Venezuela's exchange loss impact on both reporting periods, Oracle's reported Q3 adjusted EPS would have been 71c and its total revenues also would have been up 6% compared to the prior year period. NEWS: Bloomberg reported on June 17, citing people familiar with the matter, that Oracle is in exclusive talks to buy Micros Systems (MCRS) for over $5B. MICROS sells payment systems, including cash registers, and related software to companies in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality sectors. STREET RESEARCH: On May 2, Oracle was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale, which cited the stock's valuation and potential upside related to the upgrade cycle in the database business. The firm raised its price target for shares to $47 from $38 at that time. Three days later, Bernstein upgraded Oracle to Outperform from Market Perform based on improving competitive dynamics and organic innovation. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $49 from $40. On the morning of June 17, Canaccord raised its price target on Oracle to $48 from $43 to reflect the company's continued execution, its M&A strategy, and channel checks that revealed no near term risks. Later the same day, after Bloomberg's report on Oracle's talks to buy Micros, analysts at UBS noted that Oracle bought retail software maker Retek in 2005 and said that buying a retail point of sale vendor to build on that unit may make sense. However, UBS believes other potential deals, especially in the Cloud space, would be a higher priority than MICROS for Oracle. The firm kept its Buy rating and $42 price target on Oracle. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Oracle shares are down about 0.7% to $42.51. Since the day after its last quarterly report, Oracle shares have advanced about 10%.
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December 17, 2014
17:15 EDTORCLOracle sees Q3 EPS in constant currency 69c-74c, consensus 73c
Sees Q3 constant currency revenue growth up 4%-8%, consensus $9.69B.
16:07 EDTORCLOracle trades higher after results, first look
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16:05 EDTORCLOracle total Q2 new cloud bookings grew at a rate of more than 140%
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16:03 EDTORCLOracle says Q2 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 5% to $7.3B
Software and Cloud Revenues was up 5% to $7.3 billion. Cloud software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service revenue was up 45% to $516M Hardware Systems revenues were up 1% to $1.3B. GAAP operating income was up 4% to $3.5B, and the GAAP operating margin was 37%. Non-GAAP operating income was up 3% to $4.4B, and the non-GAAP operating margin was 46%. GAAP net income was down 2% to $2.5 billion while non-GAAP net income was down 1% to $3.1B.
16:01 EDTORCLOracle reports Q2 EPS 69c, consensus 68c
Reports Q2 revenue $9.6B, consensus $9.52B.
15:28 EDTORCLOracle December 41 straddle priced for 4.3% movement into Q2
15:18 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:59 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Analysts split on Oracle ahead of Q2 report
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13:19 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:44 EDTORCLGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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December 16, 2014
12:55 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:03 EDTORCLUnisys names Peter Altabef as new CEOOracle
Unisys Corporation (UIS) announced that it has named Peter Altabef as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2015. At that time Altabef also will join the company's board of directors. Altabef was most recently President and CEO of MICROS Systems from January 2013 until the completion in September 2014 of its acquisition by Oracle (ORCL). Paul Weaver, currently interim Chairman of the Unisys board, will become Chairman, effective January 1, 2015.
December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
09:03 EDTORCLOracle achieves FedRAMP provisional authority to operate
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07:33 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Oracle to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm's surveys indicate improving Cloud Apps growth in 2015 against low expectations and weak sentiment, favorable adoption of the new 12c database options next year, and improved perception value in Engineered Systems. Price target is $50.
06:34 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:24 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Oracle December call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 26, March is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on December 17.
06:40 EDTORCLOracle resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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