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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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July 2, 2015
07:57 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said the recent dip in Oracle is a good chance to buy the shares as their investment thesis remains unchanged. The firm noted the Q4 earnings disappointment and its recent sell-off and trimmed its estimates accordingly. Canaccord continues to expect a several point multiple expansion on its free cash flow based valuation as investors gain confidence in the company's transition to the Cloud. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
June 30, 2015
05:59 EDTORCLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
10:54 EDTORCLGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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June 26, 2015
06:17 EDTORCLConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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June 23, 2015
10:47 EDTORCLOracle new services round out cloud platform, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes Oracle's addition of 25 new cloud services rounds out the Oracle Cloud Platform. He says Oracle is now in a unique position to competitively deliver cloud solutions to enterprise customers and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $48 price target.
06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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