Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, enterprise-software giant Oracle (NAS: ORCL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Oracle's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Redwood City, Calif. (1977)
Co-founder/CEO Lawrence Ellison
CFO Safra Catz
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
$31.66 billion / $14.8 billion
Hewlett-Packard (NYS: HPQ)
IBM (NYS: IBM)
Microsoft (NAS: MSFT)
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 3,462 members who have rated Oracle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mwlove and All-Star TMFDeej, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.
Just last month, mwlove nicely summed up the bull case:
Oracle plays hard, but wins big. They set the standard in industrial strength database management. The expected synergies from the Sun acquisition haven't developed as expected, but the database side is still very strong. Oracle is one of the best plays in cloud computing.
Over the past five years, in fact, Oracle has grown its top line at a brisk rate of 19% annually. That's faster than rival tech gorillas such as HP (7%), IBM (3%), and Microsoft (10%).
CAPS All-Star TMFDeej expands on the growth opportunity: "A technology stock with a P/E of nearly 20 and barely any dividend is not my normal cup of tea, but after speaking with someone who works for Oracle and seeing how they [absolutely] dominate the competition in so many high growth segments, like databases, e-commerce, etc ... it's hard not to like this lean, mean company as an investment."
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