Oracle cloud strategy pays off, driving strong revenue, profit in Q1

Posted September 16, 2017

Oracle said in late August it would hire more than 5,000 engineers, consultants, sales and support people this year to boost the fast-growing business. After $0.28 actual earnings per share reported by General Electric Company for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 78.57% EPS growth.

ORCL has been the topic of a number of other reports.

Covering sell-side analysts have recently weighed in on shares of Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL).

Analysts are speculating a 19.34% move, based on the high target price ($63) for the shares that is set to reach in the next 12 months. Oppenheimer maintained the stock with "Hold" rating in Thursday, June 22 report. Moreover, Interocean Capital Lc has 0.04% invested in Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL). The firm has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, August 12 by Deutsche Bank.

Among 2 analysts covering Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS), 0 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 2 Hold. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a "buy" rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of Oracle Corporation in a research report on Friday, May 26th. This trading sentiment put the stock on Active spotlight. Oracle Corporation has a 52-week low of $35.77 and a 52-week high of $42.00. The company has market cap of $1.35 billion. The firm's 50 day moving average price is $50.01 and its 200 day moving average price is $46.93.

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Oracle reported solid revenue and profit growth for its fiscal first quarter on the back of its shift to the cloud: total cloud revenues, including IaaS, jumped over 50 percent to United States dollars 1.5 billion, with SaaS revenues soaring 62 percent and PaaS rising 28 percent, Total revenues, including on-premise software and other equipment, advanced 7 percent year-on-year to USD 9.21 billion. The enterprise software provider reported $0.62 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.02. Clifford Swan Inv Counsel Ltd Liability Corp owns 1.26% invested in Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) for 490,313 shares.

The company said revenue for the quarter rose 7.0% to $9.21 billion. The rating was maintained by Goldman Sachs with "Buy" on Wednesday, March 16. If you are viewing this story on another domain, it was stolen and reposted in violation of United States and global trademark and copyright laws. The original version of this article can be read at https://www.truebluetribune.com/2017/09/15/oracle-corporation-orcl-rating-reiterated-by-mitsubishi-ufj-financial-group.html.

On 6/20/2013 Oracle Corporation announced a quarterly dividend of $0.12. There has been an observed change of -0.76% in the ownership of the shares in the past six months. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.45%. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 1,813,750 shares of company stock worth $91,393,788. Apg Asset Mngmt Nv stated it has 9.23 million shares. The ex-dividend date was Monday the 17th of July 2017. The Annex Advisory Services Llc holds 34,051 shares with $1.31M value, up from 20,761 last quarter. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The President-Product Development now owns $1,692,075 of the stock as recorded in a recent Form 4 SEC filing. Delta Asset Management LLC TN lifted its holdings in shares of Oracle Corporation by 0.6% in the first quarter.

Also the profit margin for cloud software would have to exceed 80 percent. Harris Assocs LP invested 3.07% of its portfolio in Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL). The stock of Lloyds Banking Group PLC (ADR) (NYSE:LYG) earned "Neutral" rating by Credit Suisse on Tuesday, November 29. Finally, BerganKDV Wealth Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Oracle Corporation by 2.3% in the second quarter. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 130,977 shares in the company, valued at $6,671,968.38.

"It is natural to expect cloud revenue to decelerate as Oracle grows its cloud revenue off (a) bigger base", said Wedbush Securities analyst Steve Koenig. It provides services in three primary layers of the cloud: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service.