Oracle Corp Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ:ORCL) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, September 20, 2011. Oracle Corp. develops, manufactures, markets, distributes and services software designed to help its customers manage and grow their businesses.

Oracle Corp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 44 cents per share, a rise of 12.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged and it has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.31 per share, a rise of 8.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 4 cents, reporting profit of 73 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 69 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $8.36 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 10.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $39 billion for the year, a rise of 8.8% from last year’s revenue of $35.85 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 30 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 36.3%, with the biggest boost coming in the first quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 48.4% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, net income rose 35.8% while it rose 78% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 28.3% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA), and Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE).

Stock Price Performance: During August 18, 2011 to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.04 (16%) from $25.19 to $29.23. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 8.2% (+$2.74) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 9.2% (-$3.00) over that span. Shares are down $1.91 (-6.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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