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Oracle Corporation (ORCL)

  • Nov. 24, 2010, 4:33 PM
    Ignore the high-handed legal tactics: Oracle (ORCL) remains a reliable bet, even without the $1.3B SAP (SAP) windfall. It increased earnings in 13 out 14 past quarters, has a broad portfolio of hardware and software technologies, and boasts a huge stable of customers. Oracle closed +1.6% at $27.65.
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  • Nov. 24, 2010, 8:28 AM
    SAP's (SAP) record $1.3B fine is just the beginning of the financial damage the firm faces as its U.S. reputation sinks, along with its stock price. "Oracle (ORCL) will use the decision as a marketing tool, wielding the moral cudgel every time new contracts are negotiated," says an analyst. Premarket, SAP is -2% to $47.68, and Oracle is +1.6% to $27.65.
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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:05 PM
    A federal jury awards Oracle (ORCL) $1.3B in its copyright infringement case against SAP. SAP had admitted liability by its TomorrowNow unit, which it closed in 2008, but its lawyers told the jury at trial that it should owe only some $40M in damages. ORCL +1.5%, SAP -1.4% AH.
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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 2:12 PM
    Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ +0.8%) Q4 earnings report yesterday will stand out as historic, Barron's says. Despite a "corporate soap opera," HP beat expectations handily, making it clear HP's boardroom problems "have not shaken its basic business," and shares are poised to outperform.
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  • Nov. 23, 2010, 9:43 AM
    A jury began deliberations Monday afternoon to decide how much SAP (SAP -0.3%) owes Oracle (ORCL -0.9%) for software piracy. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wanted $4B in damages - but an SAP lawyer claims that number was pulled 'out of the air.' A decision may come as early as next week.
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  • Nov. 22, 2010, 11:44 AM
    Online retail and consumer services provider DemandTec (DMAN) is trading at -4.8% to $10.41. The company until recently traded under $10 per share. Last summer, analysts believed it was an Oracle (ORCL) acquisition target.
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  • Nov. 19, 2010, 5:08 PM
    Sources say Oracle (ORCL) is a potential suitor for at least parts of the scandal-ridden software maker Comverse Technology. Last December, Comverse spent $225M to settle a class action lawsuit for stock options backdating.
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  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:00 PM
    Oracle (ORCL) called its final witness today as its case against SAP (SAP) heads to a jury. Oracle tried unsuccessfully to force Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO Leo Apotheker to testify, but decided his absence would work in Oracle's favor. Oracle is seeking $1B-plus in damages, while SAP has offered $40M.
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  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:47 PM
    A buy-write strategy involves buying the stock and selling a call option, attractive for investors who believe a stock is a longer-term buy but likely to be range-bound near term. Goldman Sachs sees Bank of America (BAC), General Electric (GE), Oracle (ORCL) as three of 50 "buy" recommendations using this strategy.
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  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:28 PM
    Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) faces fallout from the abrupt exit of CEO Mark Hurd, and Oracle's (ORCL) hounding of current CEO Leo Apotheker to testify. Offsetting this, it plans to offer solid Q4 news next week. Analysts expect earnings of $1.27 per share on revenue of $32.8B.
  • Nov. 12, 2010, 5:25 PM
    Apple's (AAPL) plans to contribute technology to Oracle's (ORCL) Java platform may mean a deeper relationship is coming, claims an analyst. With the enterprise-class Oracle as a strategic partner, consumer-savvy Apple might achieve the broad heft needed to strike harder at rivals Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Research in Motion (RIMM).
  • Nov. 12, 2010, 4:37 PM
    Oracle (ORCL) may skip showing a videotaped deposition of a key witness, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO Leo Apotheker, to a California jury. “Maybe we’ll just let the jury know that they’ve hidden him,” says an Oracle lawyer. Oracle is hounding Apotheker to testify against SAP (SAP).
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  • Nov. 12, 2010, 2:37 PM
    Google (GOOG) has come out swinging in court against Oracle (ORCL), which claims Android violates its Java patents. Google recently charged Oracle offered doctored code as evidence, and its Java patents are invalid and have been misused. Ultimately, though, what's really on trial is Java's future, says an analyst.
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  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:50 PM
    Among this year's most outrageous CEO perks: $772,000 to cover the underwater mortgage on a home sale for Delta Air Lines' (DAL) Richard Anderson, $1.4M in security services for Oracle's (ORCL) Larry Ellison, $1.3M in job relocation expenses for Boston Scientific's (BSX) Ray Elliot. And there's plenty more.
  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:01 PM
    Oracle's (ORCL) relationship with its sizable government Sun hardware channel network is strained. After buying Sun in January, Oracle's immediate cancellation of a government rebate program has wreaked havoc in that channel. Maybe Oracle doesn't get hardware - even if some resellers admit Oracle has a "better marketing approach" than Sun did.
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  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:10 AM
    Open source standard maker Apache Software Foundation has threatened to drop its Java support because of Oracle's (ORCL) heavy-handed tactics with it. If so, "Oracle could be left with a proprietary technology everyone has abandoned," notes an observer.
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Company Description
Oracle Corporation develops, manufactures, markets, hosts and supports database and middleware software, application software, cloud infrastructure, hardware system including computer server, storage and networking products and related services.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States