Earnings season is winding down, with most companies already having reported their quarterly results. But there are still some companies left to report, and Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) is about to release its quarterly earnings report. The key to making smart investment decisions with stocks releasing their quarter reports is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed, knee-jerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.
Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) doesn’t have the same widespread notoriety that more consumer-facing companies have, but the business software giant has built itself back up from the tech bust to stand as an enduring presence in the tech industry. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report on Wednesday.
Stats on Oracle
|Analyst EPS Estimate||$0.66|
|Change From Year-Ago EPS||6.5%|
|Revenue Estimate||$9.38 billion|
|Change From Year-Ago Revenue||3.6%|
|Earnings Beats in Past 4 Quarters||3|
Are stronger results in the cards for Oracle this quarter?
Analysts have gotten slightly more optimistic about Oracle lately, keeping their calls for the just-ended fiscal quarter constant but raising their fiscal 2013 full-year estimates up by more than a nickel per share. The stock has also reflected that enthusiasm, rising 14% since mid-December.
Oracle once dominated the landscape in enterprise software, as it offered the must-have package that the biggest corporate customers wanted for their businesses. Over the years, competitors have made big moves in the space, but Oracle nevertheless has a reputation for quality that makes it the go-to choice for new and repeat customers.
Still, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) has seen the need to broaden its focus to become a more all-inclusive tech solutions provider. Its purchase of Sun Microsystems more than three years ago allowed Oracle to integrate software and hardware into a single package for its customers. More recently, its proposed buyout of Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT) seeks to do the same thing for networking, giving Oracle access to a Acme product that will allow its enterprise clients to handle 200,000 simultaneous calls.