Oracle Corporation (ORCL) Shares Trade Up Today in Anticipation of Earnings Call


Founded over 38 years ago, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) has certainly had its ups and downs over the years, not to mention over the past few months. Today though, the stock is trading up nicely as investors await the company’s post market closing earnings call this afternoon. Analysts believe numbers will come in significantly lower than last year, but apparently shareholders are hoping for a surprise to the upside.

The Street is estimating $0.61 per share on revenue of $9.09 billion. We shall see what the real numbesr are in just a little while though.

The stock is up 1.88% or $0.72 following the news, hitting $38.93 per share. About 18.34 million shares traded hands or up 18.48% from the average. ORCL has declined 12.74% since May 13, 2015 and is currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 10.12%.

From a total of 13 analysts covering Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) stock, 8 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 5 a “Hold”. This means that 62% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $50 while the lowest target price is $43. The mean of all analyst targets is $45.11 which is 15.87% above today’s ($38.93) stock price. Oracle was the topic of 14 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Goldman Sachs upgraded shares on November 16 to a “Conviction Buy” rating. BTIG Research initiated shares with a”Buy” rating and a $44 target share price in their report from a September 10. FBR Capital downgraded ORCL stock in a recent report from November 5 to a “Mkt Perform” rating. Finally, JMP Securities downgraded the stock to a “Mkt Perform” rating in a report they issued on an October 14.

The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.72 in Q2 2015. It’s down 0.15, from 0.87 in 2015Q2. The ratio turned negative, as 130 funds sold all their Oracle Corporation shares they owned while 622 reduced their positions. 67 funds bought stakes while 471 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 2.29 billion shares which is 9.81% less than the previous share count of 2.54 billion in 2015Q2.

Black Creek Investment Management Inc. holds 12.2% of its total portfolio in Oracle Corporation, equating to 2.57 million shares. Caledonia Investments Plc owns 862,500 shares representing 11.21% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Mountain Lake Investment Management Llc has 9.09% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 312,500 shares. The Alabama-based Vulcan Value Partners Llc has a total of 8.17% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Veritas Investment Management Llp, a United Kingdom-based fund reported 983,915 shares owned.

Oracle Corporation is a provider of enterprise software and computer hardware products, and services. The company has a market cap of $164.22 billion. The Company’s offerings include Oracle database and middleware software, application software, cloud infrastructure, hardware systems including computer server, storage and networking products, and related services. It has 18.29 P/E ratio.