If You Own Oracle (ORCL) Stock, Should You Sell It Now?

If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of Ensemble Capital’s top stock picks. Ensemble Capital, an investment management firm, is bearish on Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) stock. In its Q4 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) stock. Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) is a computer software company based in California. The stock is up 1.4% since the Ensemble Capital’s pitch in January 2020, which suggests the investment firm was wrong in its decision. On a year-to-date basis, Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) stock has risen by 6.1%.

On January 22, 2020, Ensemble Capital had released its Q4 2019 Investor Letter. Ensemble Capital said that Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) doesn’t meet the investment firm’s portfolio inclusion criteria and as a result exited the stock.

For the quarter ended December 31st, 2019, Ensemble Fund recorded a return of 9.87%, compared to 9.07% of the S&P 500 Index. This brings its 2019 full-year return to 39.55%, compared to 31.49% of the S&P 500 Index.

Let’s take a look at comments made by Ensemble Capital about Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) in the letter.

“We sold out of Oracle after losing conviction that the company can achieve the transition to their software-as-a-service business model with the speed and earnings power that we had expected. The transition had been taking longer than we initially forecasted and the company has stopped reporting on certain key measures that we believed were important indicators for us to track the progress. After much debate, we decided that the company no longer fully meets our requirements for inclusion in our portfolio due to the businesses future simply not being forecastable enough for us to have confidence in valuing the stock.”

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Our calculations showed that Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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