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June 20, 2014
11:28 EDTMSFT, ORCL, CRM, CA, SAPOracle falls after fourth quarter results miss estimates
Shares of enterprise software provider Oracle (ORCL) are sinking after the company’s fourth quarter results trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Oracle reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 92c and revenue of $11.3B, trailing the consensus views of 95c and $11.48B, respectively. The company’s Q4 new software licenses remained unchanged at $3.8B. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Oracle forecast Q1 adjusted EPS of 62c-66c, compared to the consensus of 64c. Q1 revenue growth was expected to be 4%-6% versus a consensus of $8.78B. Oracle also forecast the following for Q1: New software license and cloud revenue growth of 6%-8% in U.S. dollars; Saas & PaaS growth of 25%-35% in U.S. dollars; IaaS growth of 10%-20% in U.S. dollars; Hardware system revenues on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis, which includes hardware systems products and hardware systems support, is expected to be between negative one and positive three in U.S. dollars. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Citigroup downgraded Oracle to Neutral from Buy citing weak license growth and "relatively aggressive" Q1 targets following the company's Q4 results. Citi lowered its price target for shares to $41 from $44 and said it would rather own SAP (SAP). Conversely, research firm Stifel said Oracle was still poised to grow in the mid-single digit range. Stifel thinks the company is seeing healthy gains across its SaaS/PaaS/IaaS cloud assets. The firm thinks this a healthy trend for the long-term, and predicts that the company can sustain mid-single digit growth and strong free cash flow in coming years. The firm finds the stock's valuation attractive and kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Oracle fell $2.41, or about 5.67%, to $40.10 on almost triple its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained approximately 20% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software space include SAP (SAP), Salesforce.com (CRM), Microsoft (MSFT), and CA, Inc. (CA).
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June 17, 2015
17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q1 adjusted Software, Cloud revenue up 6%-8%
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17:22 EDTORCLOracle sees Q1 SaaS, PaaS revenue growing 39%-43%
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17:21 EDTORCLOracle sees Q1 EPS in constant currency 56c-59c, consensus 61c
Sees Q1 constant currency revenue growth up 5%-8%, consensus $8.62B. Comments from Q4 earnings conference call.
16:35 EDTORCLOracle drops over 5% after reporting Q4 financial results
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16:13 EDTORCLOracle: Q4 SaaS and PaaS revenues grew at a 34% constant currency rate
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16:12 EDTORCLCrossroads Systems updates on patent litigation after Markman hearing
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16:10 EDTORCLOracle sees $1.5B-$2B new Saas, Paas business in fiscal year
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q4 EPS 78c, consensus 87c
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15:16 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:16 EDTORCL, CRMOptions with increasing volume
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14:46 EDTORCLOracle June 45 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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14:42 EDTORCLOption volume leaders
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13:50 EDTORCLOracle technical comments before earnings
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13:08 EDTORCLEarnings Watch: Analysts expect cloud to help Oracle beat 'modest' expectations
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11:34 EDTCRMsalesforce.com calls active amid renewed takeover chatter
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11:14 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce spikes up amid renewed takeover chatter
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10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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10:00 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Astec (ASTE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Community Healthcare (CHCT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with a Buy ahead of IPO at Dougherty... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... II-VI (IIVI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Molina Healthcare (MOH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Pacific DataVision (PDVW) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Quest Resource (QRHC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Regional Management (RM) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... Salesforce (CRM) initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... Tesco (TSCDY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... WM Morrison (MRWSY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... WWE (WWE) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust.
09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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05:25 EDTCRMSalesforce initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
Target $81.
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