Press coverage about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Oracle earned a news sentiment score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the enterprise software provider an impact score of 45.8554466987002 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:
- Oracle Corporation Stock: Old Dog Has Newer, Better Tricks! (investorplace.com)
- Oracle Corp (ORCL) CEO Safra Catz Sold $250.3 million of Shares (finance.yahoo.com)
- Enterprise Blockchain Is Ready to Go Live in 2018 (coindesk.com)
- Accenture & Oracle Take West Midlands Police on a Journey to Cloud for Enhanced Operations and Data Sharing (markets.financialcontent.com)
- 1 Major Threat Oracle Investors Can’t Afford to Ignore (fool.com)
Shares of Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) traded down $0.04 on Thursday, reaching $50.23. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 17,119,187 shares, compared to its average volume of 18,110,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 5.04 and a current ratio of 5.07. Oracle has a one year low of $39.03 and a one year high of $53.14. The firm has a market capitalization of $209,630.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.56, a P/E/G ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 1.05.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be issued a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.51%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 9th. Oracle’s payout ratio is currently 32.62%.
Oracle announced that its Board of Directors has approved a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, December 14th that allows the company to repurchase $12.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the enterprise software provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are usually an indication that the company’s management believes its shares are undervalued.
A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on ORCL. Oppenheimer reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Oracle in a report on Friday, December 15th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Oracle from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Vetr raised Oracle from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $55.49 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, November 13th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Oracle in a report on Sunday, October 22nd. Finally, Drexel Hamilton reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 target price on shares of Oracle in a report on Tuesday, November 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and twenty-eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $55.27.
In other news, Director Hector Garcia-Molina sold 3,750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.40, for a total value of $181,500.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 18,125 shares in the company, valued at $877,250. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Dorian Daley sold 100,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.59, for a total value of $4,759,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 136,954 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,517,640.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 111,250 shares of company stock worth $5,310,063. 29.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Oracle Corporation (Oracle) provides products and services that address all aspects of corporate information technology (IT) environments, including application, platform and infrastructure. The Company’s businesses include cloud and on-premise software, hardware and services. Its cloud and on-premise software business consists of three segments, including cloud software and on-premise software, which includes Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and software license updates and product support.
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