Oracle Extends Losses; Analysts See More Tough Sledding
Analysts mostly see continued tough sledding for Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) as its shares extended losses Friday on a fourth-quarter earnings miss.
Oracle posted adjusted earnings of $0.92 per share, up six percent from a year earlier, on revenue growth of three percent, to $11.3 billion late Friday. Analysts expected $0.95 per share on revenue of $11.5 billion.
Citi's Walter Pritchard downgraded the shares to Neutral and said results mean "the stock becomes a 'show me.'" Pritchard added in a note that among large-cap software stocks, he prefers SAP AG. "Europe is strengthening relative to the U.S." and SAP's product line may drive business.
Sterne Agee's Robert Breza maintained a Neutral rating and a $41 target. Breza said in a note that the recent quarter "may leave investors cautious about future results."
Similarly, Richard Williams of Summit Research maintained a Hold and said a slowdown in growth is likely to continue.
"The first quarter is looking almost as challenging as the fourth," Williams said in a research note.
An outlier on Wall street, Nomura's Rick Sherlund maintains a Buy on Oracle.
"Investors should focus on what Oracle is doing now to better position itself and where they are going over the next few years as they begin to emerge from this transition," Sherlund said in a note maintaining a $46 target.
Shares of Oracle were last trading at $40.69, down over four percent.
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