Company Update: Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) – Will This Upgrade Help Oracle (ORCL) Stock Today?

Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) [at TheStreet] – Societe Generale upgrades Oracle (ORCL) to ‘buy’ from ‘hold,’ saying the company is leveraged to the database upgrade cycle.
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Oracle Corporation (ORCL), valued at $182.85B, opened this morning at $41.16.
Looking at the stock, its one day range is $40.93 to $41.21 with a trailing 52-week range being $29.86 to $42.00.
ORCL shares are currently priced at 14.08x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively expensive compared to the industry’s 6.87x earnings multiple.
And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $0.48 per share annually in dividends, yielding 1.20%.
According to a consensus of 35 analysts, the earnings estimate of $0.95 per share would be $0.08 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.00 sequential decrease. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $2.91 is a $0.23 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $11.48 Billion. If realized, that would be a 4.84% increase over the year-ago quarter.
Recently, Argus downgraded ORCL from Buy to Hold (Mar 20, 2014). Previously, Deutsche Bank upgraded ORCL from Hold to Buy.
With the above information in mind, readers should note that the average price target is $41.33, which is 0.41% above where the stock opened this morning.
Summary (NYSE:ORCL) :  Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts, and supports database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems. It licenses database and middleware software, including database and database management, application server and cloud application, service-oriented architecture and business process management, business intelligence, identity and access management, data integration, Web experience management, portals, and content management and social network software, as well as development tools and Java, a software development platform; and applications software comprising human capital and talent management, customer experience and customer relationship management, financial management and governance, risk and compliance, procurement, project portfolio management, supply chain management, business analytics and enterprise performance management, and industry-specific applications software. The company also provides customers with rights to unspecified software product upgrades and maintenance releases; patches released; Internet access to technical content; and Internet and telephone access to technical support personnel. In addition, it offers servers; storage, networking, and virtualization software; operating systems, including the Oracle Solaris Operating System; management software to IT environments, such as public and private cloud computing environments; Oracle engineered systems; and hardware systems support solutions, including software updates for the software components, as well as product repair, maintenance, and technical support services. Further, the company provides consulting services in business and IT strategy alignment, enterprise architecture planning and design, initial product implementation and integration, and ongoing product enhancement and upgrade services; Oracle managed cloud services; and education services. Oracle Corporation was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California.
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