Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) CEO Safra Catz sold 5,000,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.05, for a total transaction of $250,250,000.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,037,860 shares in the company, valued at approximately $51,944,893. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of Oracle Corporation (NYSE ORCL) traded up $0.68 on Wednesday, reaching $50.27. 23,182,585 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 17,860,000. The company has a quick ratio of 5.04, a current ratio of 5.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. The firm has a market cap of $209,800.00, a PE ratio of 21.58, a P/E/G ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 1.05. Oracle Corporation has a 12 month low of $38.88 and a 12 month high of $53.14.

Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, December 14th. The enterprise software provider reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $9.63 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.57 billion. Oracle had a net margin of 25.48% and a return on equity of 20.49%. Oracle’s revenue was up 6.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.61 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Oracle Corporation will post 2.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 24th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 10th will be paid a $0.19 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 9th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.51%. Oracle’s dividend payout ratio is currently 32.62%.

Oracle declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, December 14th that permits the company to repurchase $12.00 billion in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the enterprise software provider to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

A number of analysts have weighed in on ORCL shares. BTIG Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective on shares of Oracle in a report on Tuesday, September 19th. BidaskClub cut shares of Oracle from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Drexel Hamilton reissued a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price objective on shares of Oracle in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Piper Jaffray Companies started coverage on shares of Oracle in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $55.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, KeyCorp reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Oracle in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and twenty-eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $55.28.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Oracle by 2.6% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 206,441,876 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $10,350,996,000 after purchasing an additional 5,270,359 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of Oracle by 2.5% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 193,791,492 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $9,716,707,000 after purchasing an additional 4,678,977 shares in the last quarter. Harris Associates L P boosted its position in shares of Oracle by 17.9% during the 2nd quarter. Harris Associates L P now owns 48,989,216 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $2,456,319,000 after purchasing an additional 7,427,501 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp boosted its position in shares of Oracle by 4.6% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 42,098,104 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $2,110,799,000 after purchasing an additional 1,835,835 shares in the last quarter. Finally, First Eagle Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Oracle by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter. First Eagle Investment Management LLC now owns 41,717,395 shares of the enterprise software provider’s stock worth $2,091,710,000 after purchasing an additional 482,220 shares in the last quarter. 57.89% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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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