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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%.
News For ORCL;MCRS From The Last 14 Days
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July 31, 2015
06:00 EDTORCLOracle implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
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July 30, 2015
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:29 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analysts John DiFucci and Brad Zelnick upgraded Oracle to Buy and raised their price target for shares to $50 from $41. The software giant closed yesterday up 52c to $39.80. The 12c/Exadata product cycle will keep Oracle relevant in the Cloud, the analysts tell investors in a research note. Further, alternative database technologies like Hadoop and NoSQL "are not a death knell," they write. The analysts believe that some enterprises will continue to require on-premise solutions.
July 28, 2015
05:41 EDTORCLOracle FLEXCUBE selected by Maitland Group to deliver transfer agency services
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July 27, 2015
11:01 EDTORCLFederal Court increase damages amount Oracle can seek against Rimini Street
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06:58 EDTORCLOracle using 'nuclear option' to sell its cloud products, Business Insider says
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July 23, 2015
06:32 EDTORCLOracle requests permission to update suit against Google, Reuters reports
Oracle (ORCL) has requested permission from a U.S. judge to update its copyright lawsuit against Google (GOOG) to include the Android operating system's current market dominance, Reuters reports. Oracle has said it wants the suit to add that Google continues its copyright infringement through updated versions of Android, the report says. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
14:24 EDTORCLEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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07:15 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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July 20, 2015
07:07 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Montreal/Toronto on July 20 hosted by Deutsche Bank.

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