Oracle (ORCL) Coverage Initiated at Monness Crespi & Hardt

Monness Crespi & Hardt assumed coverage on shares of Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) in a report issued on Wednesday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. The firm issued a neutral rating on the enterprise software provider’s stock.

Other analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. Wedbush restated a buy rating and set a $58.00 price target on shares of Oracle in a report on Friday, December 15th. Goldman Sachs set a $58.00 price target on Oracle and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Friday, December 15th. Canaccord Genuity reduced their price target on Oracle from $57.00 to $53.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a report on Friday, December 15th. Jefferies Group set a $61.00 price target on Oracle and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Friday, December 15th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase set a $55.00 price objective on Oracle and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Seventeen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Oracle presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $56.11.

NYSE:ORCL opened at $46.08 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $189,924.95, a PE ratio of 18.51, a PEG ratio of 1.69 and a beta of 1.15. The company has a current ratio of 4.33, a quick ratio of 4.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16. Oracle has a 1-year low of $43.60 and a 1-year high of $53.48.



Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, March 19th. The enterprise software provider reported $0.83 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $9.78 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.77 billion. Oracle had a return on equity of 21.77% and a net margin of 9.25%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.69 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Oracle will post 2.76 earnings per share for the current year.

Oracle declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program on Friday, February 2nd that permits the company to buyback $12.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the enterprise software provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, May 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, April 17th will be given a dividend of $0.19 per share. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, April 16th. Oracle’s payout ratio is 30.52%.

In other news, insider Thomas Kurian sold 1,700,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.29, for a total transaction of $85,493,000.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 1,522,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $76,590,815.07. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Jeffrey Berg sold 75,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.94, for a total value of $3,445,500.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 2,056,250 shares of company stock worth $102,760,938 over the last ninety days. 29.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Acrospire Investment Management LLC grew its holdings in Oracle by 947.4% during the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,990 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 1,800 shares in the last quarter. Tarbox Family Office Inc. grew its holdings in Oracle by 71.1% during the fourth quarter. Tarbox Family Office Inc. now owns 2,322 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $110,000 after buying an additional 965 shares in the last quarter. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC grew its holdings in Oracle by 81,200.0% during the third quarter. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC now owns 2,439 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 2,436 shares in the last quarter. Cerebellum GP LLC bought a new stake in Oracle during the fourth quarter worth $126,000. Finally, ETF Managers Group LLC bought a new stake in Oracle during the second quarter worth $133,000. 57.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, sells, hosts, and supports application, platform, and infrastructure technologies for information technology (IT) environments worldwide. It provides services in three primary layers of the cloud: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service.

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