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June 19, 2014
14:53 EDTORCL, MCRSEarnings 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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September 19, 2014
10:48 EDTORCLOracle tumbles after Q1 earnings miss estimates, Ellison steps aside as CEO
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10:06 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:19 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTORCLOracle shares still attractive, says Stifel
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07:39 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Oracle to Hold following the company's Q1 results citing the deceleration of its core database business. The firm points out database license sales were again negative in the quarter. Deutsche lowered its price target for shares to $42 from $48. The stock is trading down 3% to $40.30 in pre-open trading.
06:16 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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September 18, 2014
18:25 EDTORCLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Concur (CNQR), up 19.5% after SAP (SAP) announced that it will acquire the company for $129 per share... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 9.8% after confirming FDA orphan designation for Lymphoseek... Molycorp (MCP), up 6.1% after Oaktree Capital reported a 9.1% passive stake in the company... JetBlue (JBLU), up 4.6% following CEO transition announcement... Wendy's (WEN), up 2.15% after Trian reported a 24.39% stake in the company... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.6% after Fairholme Capital reported a 24% stake in the company... AMD (AMD), up 1% after announcing that it expanded an IP partnership with Synopsys (SNPS). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), down 3%... Oracle (ORCL), down 2.4% following first quarter earnings miss and CEO transition... Tibco Software (TIBX), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Quest Resource (QRHC), down 13.4% after filing an automatic common stock and warrant shelf... Eagle Rock (EROC), down 4.5% after filing to sell 53.34M common units for limited partners... Chatham Lodging (CLDT), down 3.3% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 2.3% after filing to sell 9.98M shares of common stock for holders... Blackstone Mortgage (BXMT), down 1.6% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock.
17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q2 adjusted EPS 66c-70c, consensus 74c
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16:07 EDTORCLOracle says rolling out database cloud service next week
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16:06 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 Software plus Cloud revenue up 6% to $6.6B
Oracle reports Q1 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 6% to $6.6B. Software-as-a-service and Platform-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 32% to $337M. Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 26% to $138M. Hardware systems revenue was down 8% to $1.2B. Reports Q1 non-GAAP operating margin was 44%.
16:04 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
Oracle announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $13.0B of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters. Oracle's Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12c per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 8, with a payment date of October 29.
16:03 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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