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December 18, 2012
15:05 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on forecasts for Oracle Q2 results
Oracle (ORCL) is expected to report Q2 earnings after the bell on Tuesday, December 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Analysts are looking for a profit of 61c on revenue of $9.03B. The consensus range is 59c-63c for EPS and $8.84B-$9.32B for revenue, according to First Call. During its Q1 earnings conference call, Oracle said it expects Q2 EPS to be between 59c-63c, which matches First Call's current analyst range. The company guided Q2 non-GAAP revenue to be somewhere between flat to up 4%, with Q2 hardware revenue forecast to decline 8%-18% and Q2 new software license and cloud subscription revenue seen up 5-15%. Within the last week, a number of research firms have offered their opinions on Oracle's stock and their expectations for the company's Q2 results. On the bullish side, Credit Suisse said last Wednesday that it expects Oracle to meet or beat its license sales target for the quarter and reiterated an Outperform rating and $40 price target on shares. Also last week, Janney Capital initiated Oracle with a Buy rating and similar $40 price target. Conversely, Jefferies wrote in a note to investors yesterday that its channel checks point to in-line Q2 results for Oracle. Jefferies raised its price target on the stock to $34 from $32, but kept a Hold rating on Oracle. Also, in a note earlier today, JMP Securities said a former Taleo executive may be leaving Oracle, raising questions about whether the company is integrating its cloud acquisitions effectively. JMP maintained a Market Perform rating on the stock. In afternoon trading, Oracle is outperforming the Nasdaq composite index with an advance of over 1.6% to $32.84.
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July 29, 2014
07:51 EDTORCLOracle extends expiration date of tender offer for MICROS to August 15
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July 28, 2014
08:49 EDTORCLOracle to benefit over longer term from shift to cloud, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that the shift to Oracle's cloud products may result in a drop in the company's maintenance revenue initially. The firm thinks the company will ultimately collect more revenue from its customers, although the margins may decline. Pacific Crest thinks that Oracle is "making solid progress" in the cloud and Big Data. It views the stock's valuation as compelling and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
July 25, 2014
06:35 EDTORCLEU poised to decide on Oracle, MICROS agreement, Reuters says
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July 16, 2014
08:08 EDTORCLOracle Social Cloud announces LinkedIn support for SRM platform
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